Baiters abandon mauled dogs - Interrupted by locals, owners flee from farmland in Muckalee
Kilkenny Voice, 14/3/2006
Bloodthirsty dog owners scampered and left their animals behind them when they were chased from farmland in Muckalee in North Kilkenny.

Bloodthirsty dog owners scampered and left their animals behind them when they were chased from farmland in Muckalee in North Kilkenny. At least two men with dogs were spotted trying to dig out badgers in the field. The intruders were interrupted by locals who gave chase but the badger-baiters escaped through the fields. They left behind two badly torn animals and a shovel. The terriers have been mauled by a badger in a brutal battle for survival. Fitted to the neck of one of the dogs was a radio transmitter that would be used to monitor the position of the animal after it was forced underground to flush out a badger. One of the battle-scarred terriers found struggling already had a facial wound from a previous encounter. Noel O' Donoghue of the Kilkenny branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the Voice that the practice would be to put the dogs down into the hole to try to rout the badger. He said foxhunters used the same tactics. He explained that badger baiting is a cruel practice where a dog and a badger are thrown together in a head-to-head fight to the death. "Merciless people would then put bets on who would win,” said Noel. "More often than not the badger would win the brutal battle. It is pure savagery. The badger is protected species, it is a lovely animal and it is illegal to harm it. But even in the cases of foxes it is nothing but cruelty to force a fight to the death. Foxes are not protected, they are still considered vermin but they do not deserve to be mutilated either for the enjoyment of cruel hunters." The dogs found at the scene in Muckalee are now being cared for by local vets. "The practice of badger-baiting is particularly disgusting and everything must be done to put a halt to it," Noel O' Donoghue continued. "I am very grateful to the Voice" for publishing the photographs of the wounded dogs which readers will agree are quite pathetic. If anybody

recognises the dogs we would appreciate a call to the Society for the  Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.