Beating

Man jailed for killing pet donkey.

Evening Herald, 11/3/1998

23 year old Alan Carmichael of Castleview, Streamstown, Malahide was jailed for two years today for the horrific killing of a 32 year old female donkey. The court heard yesterday how Carmichael had beaten the animal with a steel fencing post before driving the iron bar through the animals’ eye and head.


Farmer guilty of cruelly beating and torturing dog in Dingle.

The Kerryman, 2/7/1999

A Dingle farmer who killed two Labrador dogs because he alleged that they had been savaging his sheep was fined ₤100 in Dingle District Court on Friday.  see more

Dog lost eye over owner’s savage beating

Irish Independent, 26/9/2003

A dog was beaten so savagely with a broom handle by its owner that it had to have one eye removed by a vet, a court heard yesterday.  see more


Drunken Farmer cruelly beat, tortured wifes dog.

Irish Independent, 10/12/1999

A drunken farmer that beat his wife’s dog so badly that it had to be put down was told to continue attending an alcohol treatment course when he appeared before a court in Galway yesterday. Michael Creaven, 40, Tumnahulla, Corrandulla, Co. Galway pleaded guilty to cruelly beating and torturing the black and white collie outside his estranged wife’s house. His wife got a safety order against him in 1996.He was accused of breaching the order while beating the dog, he put his wife Mary in fear of such violence being used against her.


Pets mutilated on railway tracks

The Star, 13/6/2003
A town has been left shocked after a series of savage attacks on cats and dogs. Two cats were found battered to death in gardens close to railway lines running through Carrick-on-Suir Co.Waterford. Three mutilated dogs were discovered on the tracks and owners of a missing dog and cat in the area fear the worst.

Gardai questioned a number of youths in relation to the attacks on the cats. "The two cats found in gardens were badly beaten. They were kicked to death and stood on," said a garda spokesman. A woman who springer spaniel, Prince, was found mutilated on the railway tracks, said he had been a family pet for eight years. "He just wandered off one day and we never saw him again," she said. "We heard a vet found Prince and another dogs on the railway tracks." We have heard reports of dogs being thrown off the bridges or tied to the tracks."

Local vet Gerry Clancy saw two dogs on the railway tracks. "The springer spaniel was chopped to bits". It was alive but in flitters and we had to put it down on the sport." he said. SPCA spokeswoman Angela Anthony has warned pet owners in the area to be extra vigilant.



Horror of pups nailed to door 'Slaughtered for yapping'
Irish Sun, 27/4/2006

Two yapping puppies were bludgeoned to death – then NAILED to a door.
Horrified gardai and ISPCA chiefs wee last night investigating claims that the killer was the dog's owner. He allegedly slaughtered the cute pair with a lump hammer.  see more



Young puppy kicked to death by Donegal kids

IrishDigest.com (http://www.irishdigest.com/young-puppy-kicked-to-death-by-donegal-kids/), 08/01/2013

THREE children, one as young as five, laughed and cheered as they kicked a puppy to death in a Letterkenny housing estate, the Irish Independent newspaper reports in a shocking and terrible story this morning, which first came to light yesterday on a local radio station.  see more



Women tell trial of horse attack

Irish Independent, 02/11/2004

Two women said they were “shocked and sickened” after witnessing a horse being savagely beaten with ropes and a heavy iron gate because it wouldn’t enter a horse box.

The women were giving evidence in Cork Circuit Court yesterday at the trial of Maurice Stokes of Bay 3, The Halting Site, Knocknaheeny, Cork, who has denied a charge of cruelty to an animal.



Dog had to have eye removed after beating

Irish times, 26/09/2003

A District Court yesterday heard how a dog had to have her right eye removed following a beating by her former owner.

  Michael Gaughran (49), of Woodtwon, Drumconrath, Co Meath, admitted the cruelty to animals offence at Woodtwon on February 19th this year when he appeared before Ardee District Court yesterday.

  Garda Barry Crudden said he went to Woodtwon on that date after an inspector with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals contacted him to say he had received a report of a dog being beaten.

  At Woodtown, the garda spoke to tow men, who said they had witnessed Gaughran beat the dog with a broom handle. He saw the dog cowering in the corner, and spoke to Gaughran, who said the dog had attacked a goose and he had hit her “a couple of taps of a stick”.

  The garda seized the dog under the Protection of Animals Act, and handed her over to the ISPCA inspector, Mr Conor Dowling.

  Solicitor Mr Richard McDonnel said the dog had cuts to the eye and was otherwise well fed. It had also attacked and killed a lamb a year before.

  In reply to Judge Flann Brennan, the garda said the dog’s eye had t be removed following the incident.

  Mr McDonnel said the dog had a defective eye anyway, but did not know if it was the same eye that was removed.

  Veterinary inspector Mr Finbar Heslin told the court he examined the dog, and said both eyes were affected by blunt trauma.

  The left eye had sever haemorrhaging, the cornea was lacerated and the top of the counea surface had been removed. There was internal damage to the right eye and evidence of previous trauma. The reason it (right eye) was removed “was the result of damage inflicted just previous”.

  Gaughran’s solicitor said his client has a debilitating illness and was on disability income of just €124 a week. He added that the ISPCA was not seeking to have him prevented from keeping animals.

  Judge Brennan convicted Gaughran, and imposed a fine of €200.

  After the court case, the ISPCA inspector said the damage to the dog’s eye was not immediately known as the white of the eye, the so-called third eyelid, had been covering it.



Man who drowned kitten ‘a nasty piece of goods’

Irish Independent, 15/03/2006

A 26-year-old man repeatedly and violently threw a three-month-old kitten on the ground before drowning it in a lake, a court heard yesterday.

  Brendan Sweeney, Crickamore, Dungloe, County Donegal had shown himself to be “a nasty piece of goods” according to Judge John O’Donnell who fined him €400 at Dubgloe District Court for cruelty to an animal.

  The defendant blamed his actions on the trauma he was suffering after just breaking up with his girlfriend.

  Garda Gerald Dalton received a complaint on June 20, 2005, from the owner of the kitten in Loughanure village who had been told by students in the house next door that her kitten had been killed the previous day.

  He called to the house and spoke to a sister of the defendant who confirmed that her brother had killed the kitten. She told the garda he had “lost his head” and grabbed the kitten, throwing it on the ground a number of times with force, and then threw it into Loughanure Lake.

  Some weeks later, garda Dalton questioned Brendan Sweeney about the incident. He said he had broken up with the mother of his child, who he was about to marry.

  He had gone to his sister’s house where students staying there were playing with a kitten.

  Sweeney said he picked up the kitten and carried it to the lake, it fell out of his hands a couple of times before he threw it into the lake.

  Speaking afterwards, ISPCA area inspector, Kevin McGinley said he was happy with the conviction but disappointed with the leniency of the fine.



Cage this beast for 20 years

News of the World, 25/07/1999

Animal killer Allen Carmichael should have been sent to prison for 20 years instead of two this week for the horrific slaughter of a defenceless donkey.

  Lout Carmichael was full of booze and drugs when viciously attacked Salt, a 32-year-old female donkey, near his home in Streamstown, Malahide, Dublin.

  Salt had been in very good health and condition and was sharing a field with her companion Pepper. They were both tourist attractions and were much loved by children in the Malahide area.

  Carmichael, 22, went after Salt and beat her about the head and body with an iron bar. When Salt lay dying on the ground and jerking with shock Carmichael consummated his evil and drove the iron bar through her skull.

  When Salt was found she was lying dead with the iron bar protruding from her head.


Leniency

What an awful sight. What a horrifically evil act. What kind of an “animal” is Allen Carmichael, we must surely ask?

  Judge O’Connor at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was absolutely right to imprison him. But I cannot understand the leniency of the sentence.

  In my opinion, Carmichael should have been sent to prison for a minimum of 20 years and be made to the whole of it.

  The killing of a human being is far worse than the killing of an animal, of course. Better that 20 Salts should die than someone like poor Sergeant Callanan, who was viciously killed in Tallaght this week.

  But animals are so utterly defenceless. They depend on us for everything – for their food and water and shelter and even for a bit of care, love and affection.

  Donkeys are particularly lovable. They are beasts of burden and over the years, especially here in Ireland, have played their part in keeping families and small farms going.

  I can remember as a child in Offaly going to town with my granny and granddad on the ass and car.

  Salt and Pepper were two special donkeys. They had reached old age. They had given pleasure to people and children all their lives.

  They were still giving pleasure when loutish, boozy, druggy Carmichael decided to play God (or Satan) and deprive Salt of life and Pepper of a companion. If we as a society do not protect our animals they have no hope.

  The Bible tells us that one of man’s primary vocation is the protection of animals. Donkeys have a very special place in God’s creation. They have a cross on their backs, legend tells us, in memory of the time a donkey carried Jesus into Jerusalem.

  I cannot understand how Carmichael can live with himself after what he has done. To me Salt was a creature of beauty and dignity who never hurt anybody or anything.

  Carmichael is the beast. May God forgive him. I’m glad he is not a relative of mine.



Donkey brute is free

Star, 30/07/1999

A man who battered a donkey before shoving an iron bar through her head walked free yesterday.

  Allen Carmichael – who was jailed for the cruel killing – was granted bail pending an appeal against his two year sentence.

  He was released under his own bond of £200.

  Counsel for Carmichael (22) of Castleview, Streamtown, Malahide, Dublin argued that the sentence was excessive.

  Defence barrister Mr Feral Foley BL said it was clear the defendant had very strong character references.

  These supported the proposition that there was some possibility the appeal court would decide there should not be a custodial sentence.


Carrying

Ms Isobel Kennedy BL, for the DPP, opposed bail due to the fact that it was a serious offence carrying a maximum jail term of 10 years.

  Appeal Court presiding judge, Mr Justice Barron, described the crime as “really horrific”.

  But he said the decision to grant bail did not infer that the court would commute the sentence when the appeal came for hearing.

  Earlier this month, Carmichael pleaded guilty before Dublin Circuit Court to unlawfully and maliciously killing a 32-year-old donkey called Salt who was much love by Malahide children.

  Sentencing Carmichael. Judge Kieran O’Connor described the offence as a “brutal, savage, senseless assault on a dumb animal brought on by a combination of drink and drugs”.

  The brute was with two friends when he attacked the defenceless donkey, beating her to the ground with an iron bar.


Tragic

Carmichael then shoved it into tragic Salt’s eye.

  His two friends immediately went to the police and when Carmichael’s father was told, he brought his son to the Garda station where a full statement was made.



Kicked kitten against wall

Killkenny People, 18/07/1997

A psychiatrist’s letter about a man who kicked a kitten against a wall was described as “extraordinary” at Kilkenny Court.  And Judge William Harnett also highlighted the fact that the law did not allow him to impose a jail sentence on the defendant.

  “This is a very worrying offence but it only carries a fine,” the Judge pointed out.

The case against Billy Hanlon of 62 Bishop Birch Place, Kilkenny, had been repeatedly adjourned for psychiatric and social enquiry reports.

  Defending solicitor Mr Michael Lanigan noted that, according to the latest letter from a consultant psychiatrist at St Canice’s Hospital, Hanlon had maintained control of himself for some time. But the psychiatrist felt that the family’s case should be taken up with the Health Board.

  Judge Harmett described the psychiatrist’s letter as “extraordinary”, noting that it had a South Eastern Health Board letterhead yet referred to the need for the support from statutory services.

  “The liaison between the various sections of the Health Board leaves a lot to be desired,” the solicitor agreed.

Hanlon was fined £300 for unlawfully and cruelly beating a kitten at Bishop Birch Place on August 23, 1996.

  For trespassing near a building on the Dublin road on June 1, 1996, he was given three months in prison, suspended on condition that he enter a probation bond for two years in the sum of £400.

  He was also fined £50 for being so drunk that he might endanger himself or others at the Hebron road on August 21, 1996.



Drunken farmer cruelly beat, tortured wife’s dog

Irish Independent, 10/12/1999

A drunken farmer who beat his wife’s pet dog so badly that it had to be put down, was told to continue attending an alcohol treatment course when he appeared before a court in Galway yesterday.

  Michael Creaven, from Tumnahulla, Corrandulla, Co Galway, pleaded guilty to cruelly beating and torturing the black and white collie, outside his estranged wide home on June 26 last.

  The farmer, in his forties, has been living in a shed near the family home since his wife got a Safety Order against him in the courts in 1996.  He was also charged with breaching this Order in that, while cruelly beating the dog, he put his wide, Mary Creaven, in fear of such violence being used against her.

  Judge Murrough Connellan adjourned the case until February 10, to see if Creaven would stay off the drink, on condition that he continue receiving treatment.



‘Savage horse beating’ left duo sickened

Evening Herald, 02/11/2004

Two women were “shocked and sickened” after witnessing a horse being savagely beaten with ropes and a heavy iron gate because it wouldn’t enter a horse box.  The women were giving evidence in the Circuit Court at the trial of Maurice Stokes who has denied a charge of cruelty to an animal.

  Stokes (47) denies beating the three-year-old filly at Carringnafoy, Cobh, on September 23, 2003.  The horse eventually had to be humanely put down after examination by vet Dr Dave Canty who found that the animal had sustained serious injuries.


Bucking

However, Mr Stokes – and a friend, John Kiely – insisted that the horse must have injured itself while bucking and kicking.

  Judge Sean O’Donnabhain and the jury heard evidence from two witnesses, Deidre and Leah Downing, who said they saw a horse being viciously abused near their home in Cobh.

  The two women claimed that, at one point, they were only 20 metres away from the horse as it was pulled, dragged and finally struck with a heavy iron gate in a bid to get it into a horse box.  One witness revealed that, at one point, the horse fell to the ground and was then struck from behind when one of the men pushed a heavy iron gate against it. The filly fell twice before finally being unable to rise.  Throughout, the women claimed that the horse was being beaten with ropes in an effort to force it into the trailer.

  The court then heard that one of the two men was seen taking the horse by the mane on its neck, despite it being prone on the ground, and attempting to drag it towards the horse box.  The women were so upset they notified the gardai – and officers immediately arrived at the scene.

  Vet Dr Dave Canty was also called and attended to the stricken animal.  Eventually, he decided the only humane course of action was to put down the filly.

However, Dr Canty told defence counsel, Donal Ryan BL, there were no signs of rope beating s along the filly’s back or sides.

  Stokes of Bay 3, The Halting Site, Knocknaheeny, Cork, and Kiely were adamant that the women could not have seen the rear of the horse box from where they were standing.



‘IRA Garda Suspect’ Beat Dog to Death

Evening Herald, 29/07/2005

Pet battered with hurley

This is the ex garda – arrested in an IRA spy investigation – who was charged with battering a dog to death.  Former detective Anselm Walsh this week lost a massive €175,000 compensation award after the Supreme Court ruled his arrest in the IRA case was correct.


Ex garda ‘took hurl to pet dog’

He was one of a number of people arrested by internal affairs detectives probing the leaking of sensitive police information to the IRA.

  The High Court awarded him the money over the affair but the Supreme Court has now ruled he was not entitled the compo.  Now it can also be revealed that he has appeared in court accused of cruelty and battering a neighbour’s pet with a hurley.

  Walsh denied beating and killing the 10-year-old sheep-dog owned by his elderly neighbours, Philip and Kathleen Doyle, on October 11 last year.  But he subsequently agreed a pay to undisclosed charity donation to the SPCA to avoid conviction.

  Nenagh District Court heard Walsh had intervened in a row between his sheep-dog and the dog owned by the Doyles.


Evidence

In evidence, Mr Doyle said his dog Rex was lying outside his gate when Mr Walsh’s pet ran up and attacked him.  He said Walsh followed up behind and proceed to strike his dog with a hurley “with all his force” on three of four occasions.

  Mr Doyle said the retired garda then walked into a nearby school with his dog and shouted to him that he was sorry that his dog had died of a “heart attack”.  Mrs Doyle said she had been “dumbfounded” by Mr Walsh’s actions.

  The court heard both dogs had a history of fighting, and according to Walsh, had been involved in “thousands of skirmishes” since the Doyles moved to the estate a number of years previously.

  Walsh told the court that the dog had been removed by the SPCA to University College Dublin for a post-mortem examination, but the cause of death turned out to be inconclusive.

  His solicitor, Michael Collins, speculated the dog could have died of “shock” as a result of the fight.

  Walsh told the court he was “deeply upset” by the charge levelled against him and said he had been and animal lover all his life.  He agreed to pay an undisclosed sum of money to the Roscrea branch of the SPCA.  The proposal was accepted by the Doyles and no conviction was recorded against Mr Walsh in respect of the charge.

Walsh (63), of Oaklawn Drive, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, was awarded €175,000 by the High Court in May 2003 after it ruled he and a separated mother-of-four, Kay   Bedford, were wrongfully arrested and detained 14 years ago on suspicion of being members of the IRA.  However, the State subsequently appealed the award and the Supreme Court yesterday overturned the judgement which rule in favour of Walsh.



Dog-killer accused to make charity donation

Irish Independent, 20/07/2005

A retired garda accused of beating a dog to death with a hurley agreed to pay compensation to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals yesterday.

  Anslem Walsh denied killing the 10-year-old dog owned by his elderly neighbours, Phillip and Kathleen Doyle.

  Mr Doyle said his dog, Rex, was lying outside his gate on October 11 last year when Mr Walsh’s pet ran up and attacked him. He said Mr Walsh followed up behind and proceeded to strike his dog with a hurley “with all his force” on three of four occasions.

  Mr Walsh, of Oaklawn Drive, Nenagh, told the court he was “deeply upset” by the charge. He apologised for the incident and said his only intention was to separate the dogs.

  He agreed to pay an undisclosed sum of money to the Roscrea branch of the SPCA. The proposal was accepted by the Doyle and no conviction was recorded.



Torture ordeal of a little dog

Sunday World, 08/11/1998

Evil thugs horribly tortured a family pet and left it to die in the street.

  The Jack Russell terrier was snatched by teenage boys and taken to a field in Tallaght, Dublin where he was hit on the head with an iron bar.

  They put a noose around his neck and spun him around in the air by his throat.

  They also rammed an iron bar up the dog’s back passage and stabbed it.

  Finola McCoy. A veterinary surgeon in Tallght, said the innards of the animal, named ‘Jack’ , had prolapsed and spun outside its back passage.

  “I have seen nothing as sick as this,” she said.

The attack happened on Monday when three teenage boys, aged between 15 and 17, grabb8ed the dog in front of two young children, aged five and three, who were playing in front of a house where the doy was lying.



WILD DEER JUDGE CONCERNED THAT HUNTING DOG WAS NOT PUT DOWN

Men bludgeoned deer to death during rabbit hunt

Carlow People, 28/10/ 2008

THREE TULLOW men were convicted of animal cruelty this week when they admitted bludgeoning a deer to death on a night out hunting rabbits.

 A lurcher dog was used to bring the animal down before the men were photographed by a wildlife ranger bludgeoning the deer to death with blunt objects.

  The three were before the district court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty at Barnameelia, Rathdangan on January 8 2007.

 Sergeant Joseph Hanley told the court that John Nolan of 57 Hillbrook Estate, Brian McDonald of 52 St Patrick's Park, and Brian Rooney of 14 Slaney View Drive were out in the early hours of the morning hunting animals.

  The men were out hunting with a fourth individual who Sgt Hanley said had not been brought before the court as this person is of little intelligence and attends a special school.

 Solicitor Brendan O'Flaherty said his clients alleged that the lamp and the dog on the night belonged to the forth individual. He added that the pain brought on by the dog would have led to a lingering death and that the three men came across the badly wounded deer and decided to put it out of its misery.

 He added that hunting rabbits was a weekly pastime for the three and that there had never been an incident like this until they were joined by the fourth person.

 Sgt Hanley disagreed that they had not been deer hunting on the night as Barnameelia was an area known for being highly populated by deer.

 'If they were hunting rabbits then there are other areas closer to home,' he said.

He added that no one had taken full responsibility for the dog but that he believed it did not belong to any of the three defendants in court.

 After being informed that the dog had not been put down Judge William Harnett voiced concern. 'That dog is capable of attacking a child, other animals, another deer or a sheep,' he said.

 Sgt Hanley produced a vet report on the deer along with gruesome photographs of the dead animal. He added also that expenses of ¤750 needed to be paid to cover the veterinary report, photography and transport for the animal for post-mortem.

 Saying that their pleading mitigation is plausible and can't be disproven Judge William Harnett convicted and fined each of the men €500 on the animal cruelty charge and ordered that they each pay €250 expenses.

 A number of further charges including the use of MPVs, vessels and aircraft in hunting animals, hunting with a lamp, light or torch and entering a land without permission to hunt wild animals were all withdrawn.



Horse beaten to death in Wicklow Town

WicklowNews.net, 09/12/2013

In an act of sheer barbarism, a horse was kicked and beaten to death by a group of men after being thrown from its horsebox yesterday evening in Wicklow Town.

  According to eyewitness reports, a group of men arrived in the Hillview estate, Ballyguile at around 4.30pm with a horsebox in tow and attempted to unload the animal onto the green area for grazing.

  When the horse refused to walk out down the ramp, the men opened the back doors of the horsebox and accelerated sharply, causing the horse to tumble out into the street.

  Witnesses told WicklowNews.net that the horse was unable to stand up and was then beaten by the group of men.

  A vet was called to the scene at around 6.30pm and the horse was then put to sleep.

  More than 12 hours later, the carcass of the horse was still lying in the street covered with a sheet which had been placed over it by residents. According to one witness the horse’s foal was standing over it, nuzzling the remains.

  Cantor Equine, a Dublin-based company used for horse seizures, has been tasked with the removal of the remains and the cost will be met jointly by Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Town Council.

  Wicklow Town Councillor Pat Kavanagh said she feared that this would not be the last incident of its kind as long as microchipping laws remain unenforced.

  Cllr Kavanagh was critical of the Wicklow County Council operation last week that saw 63 horses removed from estate, saying that “money could have been better spent” on initiatives to educate horse owners in the area so that animals kept in the field were microchipped and properly cared for.

  “My concern now is that we are going to have horses from all over the country brought to Wicklow and this is going to be an ongoing problem. Are we going to have people coming to Wicklow to dump their horses as a free way to get rid of them?”

Eight horses remain on the estate and have received care from the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.

  Gardai in Wicklow Town are investigating the incident and anyone with any information is asked to contact them on 0404-60140.



Man caught torturing flatmate’s puppy on iPad recording fined €100

Irish Examiner, 26/09/2014

A woman became suspicious that her flatmate was injuring her puppy so she set up her iPad to record him.

  Kevin Louin’s housemate hid her iPad in the kitchen of the house they shared with others. Her pup had sustained a number of unexplained injuries and she began to suspect Louin was hurting the dog on purpose.

  On January 19, she hid her iPad and left the house for a short while. When she returned, she watched footage showing Louin pulling the puppy from the dog bed in the kitchen and sitting on the six-month-old pup, causing her to yelp in pain.

  She called the gardaí and two gardaí from Tallaght arrived at the house at Alderwood Avenue, Tallaght. In Tallaght District Court yesterday, Sergeant Bernard Jones said that, on that date, the dog had a broken paw and this was evident from the footage. Louin also tried to strangle the dog.

  Louin, aged 32, with an address at Exchange Hall, Belgard Square, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to beating, kicking, torturing, and terrifying the pup.

  Sgt Jones said Louin later came to Tallaght Garda Station and was shown the iPad video. He admitted that he tried to sit on the puppy and tried to strangle her.

  Louin, who represented himself, also gave a voluntary cautioned statement in which he admitted kicking the dog on several occasions — even ones that the owner of the dog had not known about.

  Sgt Jones said Louin, who is originally from France, had no previous convictions. He said Louin moved out after the incident.

  Judge Lindsay fined him €100.



‘Vile’ killing of foal must be catalyst for action on horses in estates

SF councillor calls for stables to be develop for city horses

Galway Advertiser, 26/06/2014

The horrific killing of a foal on the city’s east side has led to calls for the development of community fields and stables, as a way to tackle the problem of horses in the city, and prevent any more horses coming to serious harm.

  Recently on the city’s east side, a young foal was beaten to death by a group of youths, and its body subsequently set on fire. The action has resulted in condemnation from local politicians and the establishment of an online petition calling on the Galway City Council to enforce existing animal welfare/protection laws.

  The killing of the foal has not only highlighted instances of animal cruelty in the city, but also raised again the vexed issue of horses being kept in residential estates.

 Sinn Féin councillor Mairéad Farrell, who described the incident as a “vile” and “horrendous and wanton killing”, said the only way to prevent such an instance from recurring is by tacking “anti-social behaviour and the presence of horses in housing estates”.

  Cllr Farrell said horses cannot be allowed to remain on housing estates and that there must be “no exceptions” made in this regard. However she acknowledged that many young people on estates are “deeply enthralled with horses” and that this interest should be supported and developed.

  As a result she is calling on the Galway City Council to develop a community project where fields are provided and stables developed for horses. “This would tackle both the horse problem and to a certain extent also the problem of anti-social behaviour,” she said, as it could lead to more interest in equine welfare among young people in estates where horses are a common sight.

  Cllr Farrell added that to further combat anti-social behaviour, more gardaí are needed “on the beat”, and local representatives given “a direct input into local policing plans”.

  The Galway City East councillor is seeking the support of her fellow elected representatives for her call for to develop stables and fields for city horses.

  “It is essential Galway councillors speak with one voice on this issue and seek the extra funding needed,” she said. “As the National Youth Council has observed, for every €1 invested in youth work €2.22 is saved in other services. The State would make major financial savings by investing in our youth.”

  The killing of the foal has also led to a petition thepetitionsite.com calling on the council to enforce animal welfare laws. The petition accuses City Hall of failing to enforce the microchipping of horses; and of not taking action over how horses are treated.

  The petition alleges that some horses are “often tied up for days on end in small fields in the middle of our housing estates and on wholly unsuitable hardstands, often with no water”.

  Notification of the petition has been sent to all Galway City Council members, the Garda Superintendent in Mill Street, and the Garda Communications Office.



Horse beaten to death in Wicklow Town

Wicklow News.net, 09/12/2013

In an act of sheer barbarism, a horse was kicked and beaten to death by a group of men after being thrown from its horsebox yesterday evening in Wicklow Town.

  According to eyewitness reports, a group of men arrived in the Hillview estate, Ballyguile at around 4.30pm with a horsebox in tow and attempted to unload the animal onto the green area for grazing.

  When the horse refused to walk out down the ramp, the men opened the back doors of the horsebox and accelerated sharply, causing the horse to tumble out into the street.

  Witnesses told WicklowNews.net that the horse was unable to stand up and was then beaten by the group of men.

  A vet was called to the scene at around 6.30pm and the horse was then put to sleep.

  More than 12 hours later, the carcass of the horse was still lying in the street covered with a sheet which had been placed over it by residents. According to one witness the horse’s foal was standing over it, nuzzling the remains.

  Cantor Equine, a Dublin-based company used for horse seizures, has been tasked with the removal of the remains and the cost will be met jointly by Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Town Council.

  Wicklow Town Councillor Pat Kavanagh said she feared that this would not be the last incident of its kind as long as microchipping laws remain unenforced.

  Cllr Kavanagh was critical of the Wicklow County Council operation last week that saw 63 horses removed from estate, saying that “money could have been better spent” on initiatives to educate horse owners in the area so that animals kept in the field were microchipped and properly cared for.

  “My concern now is that we are going to have horses from all over the country brought to Wicklow and this is going to be an ongoing problem. Are we going to have people coming to Wicklow to dump their horses as a free way to get rid of them?”

Eight horses remain on the estate and have received care from the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.

  Gardai in Wicklow Town are investigating the incident and anyone with any information is asked to contact them on 0404-60140.



Two puppies beaten and thrown over 10-foot wall in PortlaoiseThe two eight-week-old pups had been abandoned behind the high wall for about four days, leaving them severely dehydrated.

Journal.ie, 05/06/2013

TWO EIGHT-WEEK-OLD puppies are recovering at a veterinary surgery in Co Laois after they were discovered on Monday close to death in a housing estate in Portlaoise.

  The two young pups were found by local residents and taken to the vets by volunteers from the charity Cara Rescue Dogs.

  Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Lorraine McEvoy of Cara Rescue said that they were both suffering from dehydration, having been left in the sun with no water for a long period of time.

  “The little girl [above], it looks like her face has been chewed at by wildlife, maybe a rat or a possibly a crow pecked away at her while she was lying there,” she said. “She’s also blind and we don’t know if that’s because of the trauma or something else but she has bruising around her eye, lots of burst blood vessels.”

  “The boy was crying, in a lot of pain and went unconscious on the way over to the vets so the volunteer thought he was dead, I mean they’re both just in tatters.”

She said the puppies, named Alfie and Lexi, could hardly walk and when they did it was “just in small circles”. The vet has also said that Lexi, the female, has a heart murmur which could significantly shorten her life span.

  It is thought that a local resident owned the pups and no longer wanted them so disposed of them behind the high wall in a ditch area that leads to a railway track. McEvoy said she thinks they had been there for about four days.

  She said that it is thought that the dogs were beaten before being abandoned and has been told by the vet that Alfie, the male pup [pictured above], “screams when they go to pick him up and flinches like he doesn’t want to be touched”.

Despite this, and Lexi’s heart condition, McEvoy said the charity will find them a home and has already arranged a foster placement for them.

  “I’ll find them a home, even the little girl,” she said. “If she can have any quality of life and enjoy a cuddle, enjoy her food, we’ll give her roast chicken for the rest of her life but we’re going to save her.”

One thing is for sure, this duo is not likely to be separated as Lexi has taken to following her brother around everywhere, even though she can’t see him.

  “This was just blatent cruelty that what drives me mad is that there’s just no reason for it”, McEvoy added.