Cases in 2010

Found with dead hare, cages and netting

Tipperary Star (, 27/9/2010  

A man who was caught with nets, a dead hare, and other equipment relating to illegal hunting, was fined a total of €600 and ordered to pay €500 in costs by Judge Terence Finn at a sitting of Cashel District Court.  see more

Cruelty probe

Dromore Leader (, 26/1/2010

A FARM at Edentrillick Road, Dromore, is at the centre of a police and USPCA investigation into alleged animal cruelty.  see more

Irish Times, 10/01/2010

A greyhound control steward in Dundalk stadium has resigned following allegations that he allowed a “ringer” to win a race last June. Declan Haughey left his position at the end of last year after an internal investigation found irregularities in a race in which Mays Hurryonboy, a novice, won in a near course-record time of 28.4 seconds, 13 lengths clear of second place. As the two-year-old dog’s time was more than two seconds faster than in a trial three weeks earlier, it raised instant suspicions among spectators and bookmakers. Greyhound sources said a two-second improvement in three weeks was almost unprecedented. The case is the latest in a series of alleged cheating incidents and disputes to beset the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), which will get almost €12m in state funding this year.

Dumped dog seeks rehabilitation at dog shelter

Kilkenny Advertiser, 19/02/2010

In a week where a local man was jailed for cruelty to animals, the Carlow Kilkenny Dog Shelter was presented with yet another case of horrifying animal cruelty.

  A young Lurcher dog was picked up in Paulstown where the badly injured dog was wandering aimlessly, and given to the Carlow- Kilkenny Dog Shelter.

  Michael Morrissey of the dog shelter told the Kilkenny Advertiser that this was yet another case of horrendous animal cruelty and neglect.

  “This dog has a huge open bleeding wound on his rear shank and he has several other injuries around his body some of which are recent and others that were older injuries. It is a terrible case of utter neglect and cruelty. Somebody either hurt this dog or didn’t look after him. It’s hard to know what happened.”

The dog has since been taken in by the shelter and has been visited by the vet who believes he can make a good recovery.

“We hope that he will recover fully with the right care. We will then assess him and his temperament and see if he is suitable for re-homing. We already think that he will be as he seems to be a lovely gentle dog. We are asking anyone that might be looking for a dog to contact the dog shelter and see what we have on offer before looking elsewhere. We have lots of animals that are in need of good homes,” he added.

Every day the dog shelter deals with cases such as this or simply with animals that are not wanted by their owners anymore. They are asking the public to be responsible for their own pets.

  “Dog wardens seem to have a bad name but if only people knew what we had to deal with every day. People dump their animals when they don’t want them and we have to pick up the pieces. We get quite a number of dogs like the Lurcher that we have this week. This is not a one-off case,” said Mr Morrissey.

The Lurcher is currently recuperating with antibiotics, on a sheepskin rug close to a radiator - if anyone is interested in adopting a dog, please call the dog shelter on 059 9726785.


Drogheda Independent, 02/06/2010

A LURCHER with horrific injuries rescued near the Monasterboice Inn is believed to have been used as bait for dog fighting.

  A spokesperson for Drogheda Animal Rescue (DAR), who rescued the animal last week, following a call from a concerned member of the public, said this was one of hte worst cases the organisation has seen this year.

  They have reported the incident as an act of animal cruelty to the local branch of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA).

  When a DAR volunteer attended the scene last Wednesday, they found the large male Lurcher on the ground with a rope around his neck.

  The dog had horrific wounds on his legs and body, was suffering from shock and was barely moving.

  He was immediately taken to the local vet where he was treated for severe dehydration and a high temperature.

  His open wounds were badly infected and one of his front legs had sustained several fractures.

  'It is believed that this Lurcher was used as bait for dog fighting as his injuries are those of bite wounds and his leg fractures are not typical of a road traffic accident,' said the DAR spokesperson.

Lurchers are not fighting dogs and are very placid and docile animals.

  Despite his horrific injuries, he is a gentle and trusting soul.

  She described the Lurcher as a 'gentle giant' and said it was heartbreaking to see the condition in which he had been left.

  The Lurcher has been named Lucky as he is lucky to be alive, the spokesperson added.

  Drogheda Animal Rescue is urgently seeking donations to help pay for Lucky's veterinarian care and his long road to recovery.

  DAR are also advising dog owners to keep their dogs secure in their gardens and homes as there are have been many reports around the country where dogs are stolen solely for the purpose for use in dog fighting and most do not survive.

  For further information or to make a donation contact Drogheda Animal Rescue on 9832418 or visit their website at