Truck driver denies starving great danes for four weeks.

Irish Independent, 25/09/1997

Eight Great Dane dogs were found in an emaciated condition in a truck drivers yard a court heard yesterday. see more

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.

Driven barking mad by 7 dogs

The Star, 07/06/2000

Dog breeder, Rita Beattie, a director of the Irish Kennel Club has been warned that she may have to reduce the number of dogs she keeps if their barking continues to cause a nuisance. She was taken to court by her neighbour who claimed there was constant noise by the barking dogs. Ms. Beattie keeps four Bichon Frise toy poodles, a boxer, a Yorkshire terrier and a Papillon in her home at Castlewood Park, Rathmines, Dublin. Ms Beattie is a former chairperson of the IKCs education committee, which teaches members how to minimise inconvenience to neighbours. Judge James McDonnell granted an order forcing her to abate the barking nuisance or he would enforce a limit on the number of dogs she can keep.

Man left dog to starve in garden

Irish Star, 26/04/2002

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David Hendrick (40) of 9 Cherry Orchard Parade, Ballyfermot Dublin 10 was banned from keeping a pet for life after an emaciated dog was found almost starved to death at his home. He was also fined €150 after he pleaded guilty to charges of neglect in Dublin District Court (25/04/02). DSPCA Inspector Robert Kenny told the court he found the starving dog at Hendrick’s home on the 4th March 2002. The dog, two-year-old Rattweiller crossbred was in an “advanced stage of neglect” in the back garden of the defendant’s home. The dog has since recovered from his ordeal.

Evening Herald, 18/12/2003

A man who shot two wild geese near a north Dublin bird sanctuary by “pure accident” for hunting protected wildlife. Gerard McHale (22) of Springvalley, Summerhill, Co. Meath, was fined at Balbriggan District Court for killing the protected Brent geese, contrary to the Wildlife act in an incident at Rogerstown, Lusk, on January 19th 2003. Defence solicitor, Michael A. Regan, said his client did not know the birds were Brent geese when he shot them. “I have shot with him myself and he’s not a very good shot,” Mr. Regan told the court. “He’s fired 15 times at the one bird circling around and missed it every time. He shot these wild geese by pure accident, it must have been suicide. The geese should be up in court for contributory negligence.”

Dog Fighting case adjourned

Irish Times, 08/10/2004

The case against 12 men charged with running an illegal dog fight was adjourned at Nass District Court yesterday. Solicitor Mr.Eoin O'Connor, who is representing some of the defendants, said he needed more time to get legal advice considering the number of clients and the amount of evidence involved. Judge Murrough Connellan adjourned the case to November 17th. The alleged offences are said to have occurred on October 31st 2003, at Broclagh, Roberstown, Co.Kildare. The men have all been charged under the Cruelty to Animals Act 1911. The defendants are: Mr.Anthony Burke, Corstown, Oldcastle Co.Meath, Mr.Richard Bernard, Dark Road, Castletown Carlow, Mr.Troy Jordan, River Road, Allenwood Co.Kildare, Mr.James Ferris, Allenwood South, Co.Kildare, Mr.Richard Somerville, Dunard Drive, Navan Road Carlow, Mr.Paul Malone, Dunmore Lawn, Tallaght, Co.Dublin, Mr.Karl Bree, Nangor Crescent, Clondalkin, Co.Dublin, Mr.John Moody, Coolamber Crescent, Templogue, Co.Dublin, Mr.Thomas Codd, Cloonmore Crescent, Tallaght, Co.Dublin, Mr.David Deegan, Maplewood Park, Springfield, Tallaght, Co.Dublin, Mr.Michael Quinn, Slieve Bloom Road, Drimagh, Co.Dublin, Mr.Joseph Blake, Loreto Avenue, Rathfarnham,Co.Dublin.


Examiner, 8/10/1998

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Jack Gallagher (52), Cranford Court, Donnybrook, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court 7/10/98 to mistreating a rabbit contrary to the Protection of Animal Act. Mr. Gallagher was found in a nightclub in Baggot Street, Dublin with a pet rabbit in a briefcase. The animal which had conjunctivitis at the time was taken away for treatment. Mr.Gallagher, an unemployed man, said he lived alone and had the rabbit for company. He never intended to harm or be cruel to any animal.

Man kills horse in Ireland for eating too much grass.

Reuters, 25/10/2000

Dublin -- Gregory Martin, a U.S. citizen living on his grandmother's farm near Ballina close to the west coast of Ireland, was, according to this story, convicted for what the judge called "absolute, wanton cruelty" after he hacked a horse to death with an axe because a neighbour complained it had been eating too much grass. Irish media was cited as reporting on Wednesday he has been sentenced to three months in prison. Martin told the court he believed he had the right to kill the mare because "the Bible says man has dominion over animals."  

Dog’s neck slashed in appalling act of cruelty

Attack: DSPCA seek owner

Evening Herald, 29/5/2007

This little black terrier was fortunate to be alive today after its neck was slashed in an appalling act of cruelty.  see more

Graphic images show horse’s mauled body in North Dublin

Jounal.ie, 16/5/2013

Two horses were killed in two separate incidents in the Darndale area of Dublin yesterday.  see more

They've had a ruff time! Adorable puppies bred on illegal dog farm found stuffed into car boot bound for Britain (but don't worry, the poor things are alright now)
  • Police in Ireland seized around 50 of the dogs in the back of two cars in Dublin
  • Many have had their tails docked and claws removed
  • The dogs include around 25 Jack Russells, cocker and springer spaniels, and terrier, beagle and Labrador breeds
  • Several are in special care because they were too young when taken away from their mother

Daily Mail, 11/10/2012

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Livestock man wins bail appeal

Irish Independent, 15/05/2001

A livestock dealer charged with illegally importing sheep shortly before the outbreak of foot-and-mouth and with revenue offences has been granted leave to apply for bail by the High Court.

Wicklow-born John Walsh (50), with an address in Carlisle, Cumbria, has been held at Cloverhill prison in west Dublin since he was arrested last month by detectives from the Criminal Assets Bureau and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

At a previous hearing gardaÍ objected to bail because they believed hi would abscond.

He has been charged with illegally importing 279 sheep.

Activists seek sharper bite

Ireland, 06/12/1998

Anti-bloodsport groups are calling for jail sentences for wildlife crimes following the conviction of a man for interfering with a badger sett.  see more

Dog killer stalks northside estate

North People, 02/06/2004

A person who is attempting to kill dogs by dropping poison in back gardens of an Artane housing estate could be endangering the lives of children, it was feared this week.

  Ann McDonnell, a resident on Ardbeg Drive, contacted The Northside People expressing deep concern after her dog, ‘Fifi’ died from “deliberate” poisoning.   She claimed that it was the second attempt to kill her dog in this cold-hearted manner.

  Her neighbour Shay Kenny told this newspaper that four attempts have been made over the last 18 months to poison his collie ‘Lady’.

  Also it’s understood that a dog belonging to another woman in the area died after being poisoned.

  Residents believe that the poison is being thrown into back gardens from a lane to the rear of the houses. Sometimes the poison is disguised in cakes while on one occasion it was concealed in an opened envelope.

  Residents fear that a child playing in a back garden might pick up the poison meant for dogs and innocently eat it. Coolock gardai have been alerted to the spate of incidents troubling the neighbourhood.

Garda was sent ‘spinning’ by horse

Northside People, 28/09/2005

A teenager who collided with a garda inspector while recklessly riding a horse was last week saddled with 190 hours community service.

  The Children’s Court heard that the then 15-year-old boy sent garda inspector John O’Driscoll “spinning” when he hit him with his horse at New Church Street in Smithfield on December 5 last year.

  The north inner city boy, now aged 16, had pleaded not guilty to three offences arising out of the incident but was convicted at a hearing in July.

  He had been charged under Section 45 of the Control of Horses Act for being a person in control of a horse who wilfully or recklessly permitted the horse to pose a danger to a person or property.

  He was also prosecuted for assaulting garda inspector O’Driscoll.

  Judge Angela Ni Chonduin had heard that the incident happened on the day of the Smithfield horse Fair. The teenager had been riding his horse at speed on the wrong side of Bow Street.

  After being cautioned by one garda, the teenager then kicked the horse and used his reins at which the animal took off at a canter in the direction of the garda inspector who had been coming along New Church Street.

  Garda inspector O’Driscoll was hit on the shoulder by the horse and one witness said he was “spun around” by the collision.

  The teenager was stopped and became verbally abusive and aggressive to the gardai. When taken to the Bridewell Station to be charged, he continued to be disruptive and abusive.

  He had three previous convictions for public order offences for which he had been bound to the peace earlier this year.

  The boy left school after completing the Junior Certificate and was currently taking part in a training course.

  Judge Ni Chonduin noted that he was suitable for a community service sanction and was willing to do it as well.

  She refused to make an order barring the boy from having contact with horses saying that he was clearly interested in them and he may have to work with them as part of the community service work.

  However, she warned that if he acted in a similar manner again or was found to be abusing horses, he would be dealt with more harshly.

Horse owner sent to prison

Evening Herald, 03/02/2000

A horse owner was jailed for three months today after a court heard how he had allowed a mare in foal nearly starve to death.

Thomas Sweeney of Shanowen Grove, Santry, Co. Dublin, was sentenced in his absence after he failed to turn up in court to answer a charge of cruelty to the animal at a filthy stables in Hollystown, Mulhuddart.

  The District Court heard DSPCA inspector Robert Kenny found the mare and another 26 horses in filthy conditions when he visited the premises on 10th May last.

  There was no trace of concentrated food or hay and a water trough was empty except from dried faeces and fungus growing in it.


One horse, not the mare, was kept in a stable by means of a nailed down rope and with nothing to lie on.

  The mare was in a stable where the bedding had “gone to slop” And the acid from her urine and faeces had burnt her legs.

  There were a number of small stones which had grown into its hooves and which would have caused a lot of pain to her.

  Sweeney had a four previous convictions for cruelty and allowing animals to wander.

  Judge Patrick Brady said it was a very serious case of neglect and cruelty. He imposed a three month prison sentence and also fined him £500. He also ordered him to pay £1,000 legal and witness expenses.

Facing up to cruelty to animals.

No more ‘blind eye’ justice as two gets jail

Evening Herald, 13/04/1999

These are the pictures of wanton cruelty which will put two men behind bars for 30 days. A German shepherd lying in its own excrement, dehydrated, unable to stand and a pit bull terrier, a quarter its normal weight, shocked and dying.  see more

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.


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.


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.


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.

Jail for men who starved and ill-treated their dogs

Irish Independent, 13/04/1999

Two Dublin men have been sentenced to 30 days imprisonment and banned from keeping dogs as pets for 10 years in two separate cases which a judge yesterday described as appalling cruelty.

  Both cases were taken at Dublin District Court by the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and involved a German shepherd and a pitbull terrier. Each animal was in such an appalling condition it tad to be destroyed by a vet.

  In the first case, Thomas Conwasy of Ashowood Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin 22,failed to appear in court to answer charges relating to cruelly ill-treating and causing unnecessary suffering to a German shepherd.

  A DSPCA inspector said she called to examine the dog following complaints about its condition.

  The dog, which had a serious leg injury, was lying in its own excrement in a garden and was too weak to stand.

  After hearing the animal weight only 20kgs instead of the 33kgs it should have, Judge James McDonnell described the case as “cruel and unnecessary” and said it obviously stemmed from neglect over a substantial period.

  In the second case, the court heard that William Murphy, of Stanaway Road, Dublin 12 had told an inspector that he did not have a pit bull terrier.

  However, on checking the back garden, the animal was found there, chained up. it was emaciated and very dehydrated and was so weak it had to be carried to the DSPCA van.

  A vet who examined the dog described it as one of the worst cases of ill-treatment he had ever come across. Murphy also failed to appear in court.

Costs of £250 were awarded to the charity in each case.

Home truth always hard to accept

Independent.ie, 08/01/2012

Injured horses are put down because it is the humane thing to do, writes Ronan Groome

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Dog savaged by cruel torturers had to lose leg

Evening Herald, 23/05/2006

A three-legged dog – a victim of horrific animal cruelty – is the star of the show in RTE’s Animal Rescue tonight.

  The programme will recount how the DSPCA inspector Robbie Kenny came across boxer Jake who had horrific leg injuries and was severely malnourished.

  After finding Jake in such a painful condition, animal welfare officers discussed whether it was more humane to put him down – but they decided to amputate his leg instead and see if he would adapt.


And adapt he did as two-year-old Jake is now flourishing in the Ballycullen home of Gillian Duffy, her partner Richard and their 7-year-old daughter Erin.

  Gillian told the Evening Herald she was looking forward to seeing the programme which will feature Jake being found and give a happy ending to such a sad story.

  Tonight’s episode will see Inspector Robbie Kenny find the pup lying on the side of the road, bleeding to death.

  “I only know, from what the inspector told me, is that a girl rang him saying she found a dog lying on the side of the road and he was bleeding to death. She thought he might have been knocked down. But it soon became apparent that there wasn’t an accident.

  “He had been tortured and his leg wound was from someone searing him with a knife or he was caught in some kind of trap,” said Gillian.

  “When we got him, he was so thin. His ribs were protruding and it was awful. They don’t know where he came from but personally I think he was stolen from another family. When we got him, he was already house trained and had such a lovely nature. It was this nature that saved him. I was told they were actually going to put him down but his saving grace was that even when he was in so much pain, and was so badly hurt, he had such a nice temperament,” said Gillian.

Banned from keeping dogs for thirty years

Irish Independent, 29/10/1997

A truck driver who ill-treated eight Great Danes was yesterday given a three month suspended jail sentence and banned from owning dogs for 30 years.

  David Traynor (47) of Newtown Upper, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, was also bound to the peace for two years for what Judge Desmond Windle described as as case of “extreme and deliberate cruelty”.

  Dublin District Court heard last month how DSPCA Inspector Maurice Byrne found the dogs in an emaciated condition among scrap cars in Mr Traynor’s yard on September 16, 1996. They were underweight, some with protruding ribs, suffering from hair loss and had pressure wounds. Four of them had to be put down on humane grounds and the others were found new homes.

  Traynor denied he neglected the dogs and claimed he gave them four to five pounds of meat per day along with dog meal. The conditions of their coats was the result of a recurrent mange problem which he was treating at the time.

  Judge Windle did not accept his evidenc6e and described it as “disgraceful treatment”.

  He ordered Traynor to come up with £1,800 expenses for the DSPCA and adjourned the case for sentencing to today. The court was also told that Traynor had paid over the money in full.

Judge Windle imposed the three month suspended sentence, banned him from keeping dogs for 30 years and bound him to the peace for two years.

Cruelty staff uncover dogs’ Auschwitz at remote country house

Truck driver denies starving Great Danes for four weeks

Irish Independent, 25/09/1997

Eight Great Dane dogs were found in an emaciated condition in a truck driver’s yard, a court heard yesterday.

  Three had to be put down, one died later and the rest were treated and found new homes, Judge Desmond Windle was told.

  Their owner, truck driver David Traynor of Newtown Upper, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, was convicted of cruelly ill-treating the animals at his home on September 16, 1996. Judge Windle adjourned sentencing to October 28 to allow him come up with £1,800 in costs and veterinary expenses.

  Mr Traynor denied not feeding the dogs, and claimed they were suffering from demodecitic mange which made them look emaciated and neglected.

  DSPCA inspector Maurice Byrne told Dublin District Court that as a result of a call, he and colleague Robert Kenny went to Mr Traynor’s bungalow in the middle of the countryside. There were a number of dogs which appeared to be running wild among scrap cars in the garden of the house. There was an electric fence on the premises to keep the dogs from getting out.

  Mr Traynor initially denied there was anything wrong with the animals, but after closer examination by the inspectors, he agreed to put them into the care of the DSPCA.

  “The dogs had suffered a large amount of hair loss, their ribs and hips were protruding and you could see pressure wounds on their sides.”

When examined at the DSPCA premises by vet Peter McMahon, he found some of the dogs had lost up to half their body weight. One dog had swollen feet and abscesses between its paw digits, another had a painful ulcer on its hip and pressure sores on its knees while a bitch had broken teeth and swollen mammaries.

  Another bitch, which had recently had a litter or else was going through a false pregnancy, had teeth problems and when the vet examined them one of them came out without exerting pressure. Another animal was so emaciated that its eyes had sunken into its head while most of the dogs appeared nervous of human contact.

  Mr McMahon estimated the dogs had not been fed for three to four weeks.

  Mr Traynor told the court he fed the dogs 4lbs to 5lbs of meat every day along with three to four bags of meal. They had previously suffered from demodectic mange and appeared to have contracted it again. He was in the third week of treating them when the DSPCA arrived.

  He denied wilfully neglecting them. “I love my dogs,” said Mr Traynor who has been breeding Great Danes since 1980.

  “In retrospect, I should have brought them to the vet but I was following the pattern that was there before (when they last had mange).”

Convicting him, Judge Windle said it was “disgraceful treatment.” Referring to photos of the dogs produced in court, he said: “I tried to not look because they might inflame me – but from just glimpsing them it would appear to any man there was something substantially wrong with the dogs.”

  Adjourning sentence, he said he was “making no promises” but he wanted to ensure the DSPCA was not out of pocket first before deciding what to do in the case. He ordered the defendant to have £1,800 in court on October 28th to cover vet and court costs.

Capital hit by lamb rustling ‘epidemic’

Evening Herald, 12/04/2007

It’s like a throwback to medieval times, but believe it or not, the theft of lambs from fields in C^Ounty Dublin is reaching crisis levels.

  Spring lambs are now being robbed from pastures in a spate of thefts, before being fattened up and slaughtered for dinner.

  The DSPCA has today reported a number of recent cases in which three-week-old lambs have been swiped from the countryside and reared in the city.  The farm animals are taken to housing estates where they are left to graze in bac6k gardedns before being killed.

  The revelation comes after it also emerged swans were taken from Dublin’s canals and eaten.

  Thousands of lambs have been born in recent weeks during the annual lambing season and thieves are helping themselves to a free meal in a relatively new crime to hit Ireland.

  In Lucan, two lambs were rescued from a back garden when a concerned neighbour alerted the authorities.

  The fence between two houses was taken down periodically to allow the lambs more grass to nibble on and DSPCA inspectors had to call Gardai to assist in retrieving the creatures after the occupants of the house denied they were there.

  They were eventually discovered hidden in a hut in a case that mirrored another one last year where a sheep was found concealed in a house in Tallaght.  In this instance non-national children were sitting on the animal, which was hidden under blankets. The animal had to be put down as its back was broken.

  On Tuesday morning, one stunned private homeowner near Harold’s Cross opened her door to find a lamb curled up on her porch and it’s believed the creature may have been abandoned by some rustlers as it was too young.

  The DSPCA said that the past month has seen increasing cases of lamb robberies and claimed that non-nationals from Eastern Europe were involved.

  “We have been inundated with lambs who have been nicked,” said Jimmy Cahill of the DSPCA shelter in Rathfarnham.

And four lambs are now being hand-reared with bottles by a volunteer with the animal group.

  Mr Cahill added that the issue posed a huge problem for its struggling rescue organisation because it can’t return the lambs to farmers and it has to care for them instead. He also told how swans have been taken from canals around Dublin.

And Mr Cahill also claimed that some immigrants are throwing drift nets in the canals to catch fish.

Sick trade in cruelly bred pups

Evening Herald, 28/05/1996

It’s the nightmare cruelty case which has horrified every dog-lover in the country.  see more

Officials put down 22 dogs at ‘hellhole’ puppy farm

Irish Independent, 27/05/1996

Animal cruelty officers uncovered a “hell-hole” for dogs and had to put down 22 animals after a raid on an outhouse in a Dublin garden.  They were appalled at the gruesome discovery in which the dogs were kept in cage like boxes. A pigeon loft was also discovered which housed 60 birds. They had to be released into the air.

  Therese Cunningham, director of the DSPCA, described the case as one of the most appalling she had ever come across.  She said:”This raises the question about the possibility of this being a puppy farm. It sounds like at some stage the dogs were being bred for sale.”

  Under present Irish laws anyone could have a puppy farm in their backgarden, she said.

  The society initially acted on Saturday after receiving a tip off. The raid involved Inspector John Dunne of the DSCPCA and dog warden John Boylan.  The house occupant was not there at the time, but the officers succeeded in getting into the back garden. What they were confronted with there horrified them.

  Some of the cages could not be opened and one had to be forced open. Dogs were found chewing through the box-like cages. One dog got into another garden had was scavenging through a rubbish bag in desperate search of food.

Put to sleep

A leaking water pipe in the outhouse was pouring down water on the suffering animals. The dogs were mainly Yorkshire terriers. Two were cross bred fox terriers. One animal had no hair left.

  The officers reported that about 60 pigeons were kept in a filthy loft which was built in such a way that it could not be cleaned out.  Inspector Dunne described what he saw as a “hell-hole for dogs”.  Vet Garrett Freyne, who was called in, said some dogs were put down on Saturday and the rest on Sunday. A further visit to the premises yesterday uncovered two more dogs. In all 12 female and 10 male dogs had to be put down.

  “They had no human contact or kindness given to them,” the vet said. “They were terrified, cooped up in a crazy situation.” He said one dog had starved to death. She was attacked by others because she was in season.

  He told how he had to wade through urine and faeces. There was no ventilation in the outhouse which was stinking. The dogs were infected with fleas and lice and covered in mange. One animal had jaundice.  Ms Cunningham: “I am absolutely disgusted by the whole story.”

  The DSPCA now plan a full and speedy prosecution.  She added: “We should have legislation like in Britain, where people can’t open a kennel without planning permission. It should cover standards and the need to have a licence.”

Donkey killer is released on bail

Evening Herald, 29/07/1999

The Dublin man jailed for two years for maliciously killing a donkey and driving an iron bar through the animal’s eye and skull was released on his own bail of £200 by the Court of Criminal Appeal today.

  Allen Carmichael (22) an apprentice electrician of Castleview, Streamsotown, Malahide, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Court to unlawfully and maliciously killing the 32 year-old female donkey at Malahide on May 30, 1998.

  The case being made on Carmichael’s behalf was that he would serve a sentence which would affect his whole life.  However, Mr Justice Barton said that the decision to grant bail was not open to the inference that the court would commune the sentence when the appeal came on hearing.

  He ordered that the appeal be listed for hearing as soon as possible.

  Ms Isobel Kennedy BL for the DPP opposed bail. This had been a very serious offence and the sentence imposed was not excessive.

Gardai question trio over killing of donkey

Irish Independent, 03/06/1998

Three men have been questioned by gardai about the brutal slaying of a donkey in Malahide last weekend.  An iron bar taken from a fence was cruelly driven through the animal’s eye and forced through the skull into her brain.

  Two men, aged 23 and 21, voluntarily called to Malahide garda station on Monday night to say they had been present at the killing. They said they had been horrified by what had happened and could not sleep.  Later a third man, a 22-year-old, who gardai believe carried out the killing, was questioned.

  All three are from the Malahide area. Gardai believe they were walking home from a pub and decided to see if they could ride the donkey.  When the donkey resisted, the assault took place. The men, two of whom are students, were not detained but a file is to be forwarded to the DPP.

  Gardai are not seeking anyone else in relation t the killing.

Local people have been shocked by the killing of the donkey Salt.

Donkey slaying: three quizzed

Evening Herald, 02/06/1998

Three young men were today questioned by detectives investigating the sadistic killing of a donkey in Dublin.  The barbaric slaying of the donkey in Malahide, Co. Dublin, last weekend drew nationwide outrage.

  But gardai confirmed today that three young men in their early 20s made statements in connection with the killing.


Two arrived voluntarily at Malahide station and a third tuned up by arrangement, gardai said.  A garda spokesman said: “We are not looking for anyone else.”

All three are locals. A file is being prepared for the DPP.  An iron bar was rammed through an eye of Salt, a white 36-year-old pet donkey, and forced into her brain.

Donkey charge man in court

Evening Herald, 06/10/1998

A Malahide man, charged with the horror killing of a pet donkey, is to go on trial in the Dublin Circuit Court.

  In Swords District Court today, Judge Sean Delap told Allen Carmichael (22), of Castleview, Streamstown, Malahide, that the Director of Public Prosecutions had elected for trial in the circuit court.

  Carmichael is charged with the unlawful killing of a donkey on May 30, 1998 at The Casino, Dublin Road, Malahide. He is also charged with damaging the pet donkey, property of John Gilbert Kirker and Patrick Barrett, the Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork.

  Carmichael is also charged with cruelly ill-treating and beating the donkey.

  At a previous hearing, Carmichael pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him.

Judge Delap remanded the case to Swords District Court on November 17 next and ordered that a book of evidence be prepared for the defendant.

Thugs brutalise and kill seaside community pet in savage act

They slaughter donkeys, don’t they?...

Irish Independent, 01/06/1998

A much-loved pet donkey enjoyed by Malahide children for more than 20 years was savagely killed in a brutal and senseless attack over the weekend.

  An iron bar taken from a fence was cruelly and callously driven through an eye of the 36-year-old animal and forced through the skull into her brain.  She had been beaten about the head with bar before the final assault took place.  The donkey was one of a pair – one white and one brown – known as “Salt and Pepper” which could be seen from the road.  She belonged to Dr John Kirker and his wife Elizabeth who live in a thatched residence on the Dublin Road, Malahide, close to the village.

  One or more intruders went into the meadow where the donkeys were kept and carried out the assault either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.  Salt was found with Pepper standing over her at 8am on Saturday morning by a workman. She was last seen alive the previous evening about 9pm by Mrs Kirker.

  A thorough investigation into the death is being carried out by Malahide gardai.

  The couple said yesterday they were horrified by what had happened.

  Pepper was yesterday taken to a donkey sanctuary in Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork for protection as the Kirkers became worried about his safety after the attack.  A normally quiet donkey, Pepper continually went back to the place where the killing occurred and brayed and roared until he was moved to the sanctuary.

  The Kirkers bought Salt from travellers in 1976 and she had been an object of affection and curiosity for children in Malahide ever since.  So many families used to come and feed the donkeys with apples and carrots that the Kirkers last year had put up a “no feeding” sign because they were becoming overweight.  Tourists used to stop to photograph the donkeys in front of the Kirkers thatched residence – one of the oldest homes in Malahide.

  “It’s deplorable what has happened. These donkeys were a symbol of goodwill and happiness and gave pleasure to generations of children,” said Dr Kirker, a semiretired neurologist.

  “Seeing the animal destroyed in this way can be seen as depriving so many people of pleasant memories they have had,” he said.

  “If someone can be capable of doing that you worry that they must be capable of carrying out more violence and no-one wants to see more violence c carried out. Ex4treme force would have been used to drive in the object because it was not sharp.”

Clem Ryan, chief welfare officer with the Donkey Sanctuary in Mallow, said: “This is the worst attack on a donkey I have ever heard of. It was a crazy thing to carry out.”

The sanctuary has taken in 1,500 donkeys in ten years. It currently has 450 donkeys being cared for by families around the country and 300 at Mallow.

Pups recover after horror Halloween river stunt

Irish Independent, 03/11/2003

Two little Springer spaniel pups continue to make a miraculous recovery after being dumped in a sealed box in a river in a Halloween stunt.  Dodder and River, the eight week old pups, were left to either suffocate or drown when they were thrown into Dublin’s Dodder river in a sealed box last Friday.

 The pair were rescued when the box was spotted by two 13-year-old boys as it floated past the Mill Pub in Tallaght. They climbed into the river and pulled the box out and were amazed to find the terrified pups inside.

  Last night the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) were calling on the public to help them apprehend whoever sealed the pups in the floating coffin.

  Education Officer Gillian Bird said: “This is just typical of the type of thoughtlessness that goes on with people especially around Halloween.”

  The DSPCA believe the dogs may have been stolen before they were sealed into the box as Springer pups retail at around €500.

Dog put down for garda standoff

Evening Herald, 09/09/2005

A teenager who used his Staffordshire terrier as “a weapon” in a standoff with gardai failed yesterday to prevent the animal’s destruction.

  Daniel Kavanagh (19), currently facing criminal damage charges following alleged threats to burn down the home of a neighbour, denied his dog was dangerous.

Gardai successfully applied to have the dog destroyed after an incident outside his home in Cherry Orchard Crescent, Ballyfermot, on August 5 last.

  Dublin District Court heard gardai had knocked on Kavanagh’s door at around 1am after he threatened to burn down a neighbour’s house.

  He closed the door in their faces, but seconds later returned with the dog and used it to goad the gardai.  He then walked out of the house through the group of officers and threatened to set the beast on them.

  A garda told the court yesterday that it was only “by the grace of God” that the dog did not bite anyone.

  A few days after the incident, gardai returned for the dog with a warrant and a DSPCA officer.

  Kavanagh was meanwhile in custody having been refused bail when the neighbour told another court that he feared for his safety.  Kavanagh, who was still in custody yesterday, said the dog was not vicious and it only “went for gardai when they started hitting me”.

Judge Angela Ni Chonduin said the evidence showed she had to put the dog down.

Little pups tails were left to fall off

Evening Herald, 24/03/2006

Three puppies discovered by an animal welfare instructor at a Dublin home had their tails “docked” – and tow had tourniquets on them.  Two seven week old pups with tourniquets had very swollen tails while a third, 10-week-old pup, had already lost its tail.

  “Docking” withers the tail and causes it to fall off.

  DSPCA welfare inspector Liam Kinsella said the dogs’ owner, Raymond Costello of Chapelizod Road, Dublin, admitted he was responsible for the docking.


Mr Costello was fined €850 in his absence at Dublin District Court after he failed to appear in court on a charge of ill-treating three Yorkshire Terrier pups at his home on September 7 last year. Docking is used in dog breeding for cosmetic purposes, but is considered by animal welfare groups to be mutilation.

  The animals were taken to veterinary surgeon Joe Neylon, who said there were infections in the tails of the two younger pups.  The pups, who were in psin and distress, were treated, although the tails could not be saved.

  Judge Ann Watkins said although Mr Costello did not turn up in court, it was not a case of ongoing cruelty as he had no previous convictions.  She refused an application to disqualify him from owning dogs.  She also refused a DSPCA application to retain the dogs in their keep which means they will have to be returned to Mr Costello.  She ordered that he pay €150 costs as well as the €850 fine.

  A second alleged cruelty case over a malnourished Boxer dog was dismissed by Judge Watkin because the prosecution was “drawing deductions of cruelty” from its condition.

  Ballymun Horse Project founder, Victoria McElligott of Crannoge Close, Poppintree, Dublin, denied she was the owner of the Boxer bitch which was found by the DSPCA in a makeshift enclosure in the horse project’s tables on November 2 last.  She claimed it was owned by her daughter, Vicky junior.

  The court heard the dog had no access to food and water and its ribs were sticking out.

Cruel owner flings pup out car window

Evening Herald, 20/10/2005

This defenceless eight-week-old pup died from agonising injuries after she was deliberately flung from a car window.

  The sickening cruelty happened in Tallaght and the little dog suffered a fractured pelvis, broken bones and extreme internal wounds after its owner literally threw the unwanted pet away while driving at speed.

  The DSPCA today appealed for anyone with information on the malicious crime to contact local gardai in Tallaght.

  The female Labrador cross was in a state of severe shock after the incident. A vet felt the pelvic injury was irreparable and put the animal to sleep, the DSPCA told the Evening Herald. One horrified motorist, who was driving behind he pup’s owner, was en route to the vet herself when she spotted the incident and came to the rescue of the stricken puppy.

  The DSPCA has condemned the terrible act, which happened late last month, saying it is unprecedented. “We’ve never seen this kind of thing before, “ said the DSPCA’s Salee,0a O’Loughlin, adding that the owner may have reacted in frustration as puppies need a lot of love and attention.

  With Halloween just around the corner the DSPCA is bracing itself for a flood of calls.

  “It’s a complete nightmare,” said O’Loughlin about the job ahead.

She told how last year three boys had called from door-to-door looking for bonfire fodder and were handed a wicker basket to throw on the flames.

  It wasn’t until the innocent youngsters heard whimpers from inside that they discovered four kittens.

The DSPCA believes the owner deliberately tried to get rid of the kittens, but they were pulled from the fire in time and survived.

‘Sickening’ scenes as hare fed to dogs

Evening Herald, 27/03/2006

Gardai are investigating incidents of “sickening” cruelty in which live hares have been fed to greyhounds on a west Dublin housing estate.

  The incidents came to light after a member of the public saw group of youths taking two live hares from a sack and throwing them to a pack of dogs.  The hares were killed by the greyhounds and dismembered instantly.

  The attack took place on St Cuthbert’s Park, Deansrath, Clondalkin, on Saturday March 11.

  Gardai believe the youths were involved in the illegal practice of blooding the greyhounds who are then taken hunting for hares and rabbits most likely as part of their training for racing.

  Since the cruelty was uncovered garda patrols have been increased on the estate.

  The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and South Dublin County Council’s dog wardens have also both become involved.  It has emerged that this incident was only one of a number of similar cases to have taken place.

  A spokesman for the DSPCA said his organisation had learned of a number of illegal blooding cases involving live hares in the area.  He said some of these had taken place on the street in the Deansrath housing estate.  The society has also received reports of attacks taking place in the grounds of a company in the Clondalkin area.

Sick attack on Lusk Cat

North Country Leader, 07/12/2004

A Lusk woman has appealed to the public for information following a savage attack that left her cat without claws. The assault took place last Wednesday night at approximately 9pm after the cat, named Tabby, wandered out to the back garden. The alarm was raised at 11pm, when the woman discovered that Tabby had disappeared.

  “We found her at 7am the next morning at the back door,” says the woman, who does not wish to be named. We knew she wasn’t well, she was limping, especially on her back paws. It was only when I picked her up I saw what had been done to her.”

In addition to pulling off Tabby’s claws, the attacker burned her paws and cut off a small section of her front paw. She may also have been kicked in the face. The family rushed Tabby to the vet, where she was referred to the mobile hospital in Donnycarney for a course of antibiotics and painkillers. She had recently given birth to 11 kittens. “The vet says she should make a good recovery, but her claws will never grow back,” she says.

  “I don’t think she’ll ever be the same cat again. She’s absolutely traumatised.”

Her 10-year-old son Mickie, who suffers from spinabifia and hydrocepharus, received Tabby as a present for his ninth birthday.

  “The guards have told us they will prosecute if they find the person who did this,” she said.

  “I won’t give up until I find out. I think she was probably digging up somebody’s garden and they were punishing her. I just want them to know how much they’ve hurt the cat and how much they’ve hurt Mickie.”

She says Mickie is “devastated” by the attack.

  “He’s always wanted a pet, so we got him Tabby for his ninth birthday. She was his whole world. She’s a housecat but used to like playing in the garden, but now she’s totally confined to the house. I just can’t believe they did it to a special needs child. I can’t believe there’s such evil out there.”

If you have any information regarding the attack, please contact Lusk Garda.

Cruel owners dumping dogs on death row

Left for Dead: Irresponsible families turn their backs on 62 animals in 12 days

Evening Herald, 01/02/2005

These are the latest pups to land on “death row” as Dubliners rush to dump their family pets.  The six German Shepherd pups have been surrendered to Ashton Pound in what has become a deluge of dogs being discarded by their owners in recent days.  In some cases people have turned up with long-standing family pets and turned them in before looking for “a new model” in the shape of a younger dog.


The German Shepherd pups bring to 62 the number of dogs given in by their owners to the pound in the past 12 days alone.

  Surrendered dogs are usually put down within 24 hours of their arrival at the pound.

  “Nobody could cope with these numbers. They don’t deserve to die just because they’ve had irresponsible owners,” said Marie Hannon of Dogs In Distress.

The influx isn’t directly connected with Christmas and appears indicative of a growing trend of owners simply disposing of their dogs because they can’t be bothered.

  Volunteers are working flat out to try to rescue as many pets as possible. “The pressure is enormous. People are allowed just hand them in and walk away and not have to answer to anybody. It’s crazy,” she said.

  Marie is urging the Government to properly enforce the licensing laws, to have all dogs micro chipped and for an update of the Control of Dogs Act..

  “That way every dog is accountable and it would put people off having a dog if they didn’t think they were going to look after it properly,” she says.

‘Sacrificial’ lamb tied and stuffed in plastic bag

Dying sheep in immigrant house

Evening Herald, 04/05/2006

An animal rescue worker found a live “sacrificial lamb” bound with twine and stuffed into a black plastic bag when he called to investigate a Dublin house.

  Fifteen children sang at the top of their voices and sat on top of the bag which contained a badly injured sheep, to avoid it being detected.

  However, DSPCA driver Tony McGovern found the bad containing the sheep being hidden under laundry.

  The sheep’s spine was broken as a result of having its legs tied and being sat on by so many children.

  It had to be put to sleep shortly after it was rescued due to its injuries.

  It is believed the animal was brought to the home to be slaughtered for food or religious sacrifice.


Mr McGovern says the slaughtering of farm animals such as sheep, chickens and goats is growing in worrying numbers among the immigrant community.

  “This happens on a regular basis. It’s savagery of the highest form. The animals are slaughtered in the kitchen, the back garden or even the front garden. They mutilate them for food or religious beliefs and it’s not humane in any way. You need a slaughtering licence in Ireland to do that but they don’t.”

Two weeks ago, assisted by Tallaght gardai, Mr McGovern arrived at the scene to search the house.

  A resident on the Tallaght estate had witnessed the animal being dragged into the house.

  Tony explains: “I went upstairs and into the boxroom where there were about 15 minors singing a song in a foreign language and there seemed to be dirty laundry everywhere. I prodded the washing but there didn’t seem to b8e anything there so I moved to the next room but when there was nothing there either I came back to the box room. I pulled away the sheets and I found the sheep in a black bag and bound with baling twine around his four legs…the poor thin was suffocating.”

The animal was brought to the DSPCA shelter where it was later put to sleep because of its injuries.

  It remains unclear as to where the foreign nationals are getting these animals as all farm animals are required to be registered.

  Tony says: “Either they’re stealing them or they’re buying them from some farmer who shouldn’t be selling them. They would be tagged if they were stolen and this one had no sign of a tag so it’s a mystery really.”

  Tony, who runs the emergency line for the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says such instances are becoming all too common.


  “I watched a man who had 15 chickens in a box which would normally fit two, taking them out,0 burning them with cigarettes and spitting on them before choking them,” he says.

  “There were women out in the same garden with pots, plucking them and throwing them into the water. It’s hard to see that being done.”

The DSPCA has appealed to people not to sell animals that they suspect will be slaughtered in this manner.

  If people spot neighbours bringing home farmyard animals that appear to be for slaughter they should contact the DSPCA immediately on 01-4935502.

Freezing dog left to die giving birth to her eight pups

Cruelty beyond belief as new-borns perish on St Partick’s Day

Evening Herald, 31/03/2006

This pitiful pregnant dog and her eight pups have all perished because the mother’s cruel owner left her vainly fighting for life.

  The exhausted and heavily pregnant dog was discovered freezing and crouching under bushes in south Dublin waiting to give birth.

  She was covered with severe mange, with bad cuts and sores and was trying to find a little shelter where she could deliver her pups on one of the coldest nights of the year.

  The gentle 10-year-old Lurcher eventually did give birth to eight tiny, undernourished pups, buut they were too weak to survive and had no chance.

  And their withering mother died in the massive effort trying to deliver the large litter.

  The dog, named Fossa by workers in the DSPCA HQ in Rathfarnham, was rescued from the bushes near an industrial estate in south Dublin on a day when the nation is celebrating all that is great about the Irish – St Patrick’s Day.

  All nine died as a result of “inexcusable neglect”, said Inspector Penny White of the DSPCA, who attended to the bitch when the charity was urgently contacted by a distressed passer-by who spotted the dog’s ordeal.

  “This dog had obviously been kept in a very bad condition over a long period of time and would have been emaciated,” said Inspector White.

  “It’s disheartening to think that because of the neglect and cruelty, a total of nine dogs died. Without the call from the concerned member of the public, this dog and her puppies would have died suffering and alone.”

The appalling waste of life follows another cruelty case heard in court last week involving the inhumane and terribly painful docking of three puppies’ tails.

  Docking is a cosmetic procedure used in dog breeding, but causes major hardship for the canine as the tail withers and falls off.

  The dogs’ owner, Raymond Costello of Chapelizod Road, Dublin, was fined €850 in his ab8sence for ill-treating three Yorkshire Terrier pups at his home on September 7 last year.

  In the case of the frightened pregnant Lurcher – a breed that’s popular among Travellers – it was admitted to the DSPCA pound on March 17th.

  “Unfortunately, due to complication at birth caused by her poor physical health and advanced age, Fossa had to be put to sleep, the puppies who were so weak, they did not survive either,” said Inspector White. Fossa had been bred many times before and had never been neutered by her owners, who basically left the animal for dead.

  When Fossa was brought to the shelter, the animal was made as comfortable as possible so she could give birth to her puppies in safety and peace.

Cowboys’ legacy of cruelty and death

Evening Herald, 06/04/2006

Animal welfare officers have discovered a gruesome legacy of death, destruction and terrible cruelty inflicted on horses by Dublin’s ‘urban cowboys.’

  DSPCA officials were dispatched to fields of ex4hausted, badly emaciated horses that were either reduced to skin and bare bones; barely surviving or were dead and devoured by rats or foxies.

  The ‘killing fields’ were found at an old dump site at Dunsink, Finglas and their owners – suspected young horse keepers – had actually covered up stricken creatures with old car bonnets or trees to prevent the DSPCA from finding them in further inspections.


The suffering experienced by the horses were uncovered in recent days following anxious calls from locals and passing drivers.

  They were in urgent need of veterinary attention, food and water.

Dublin’s bareback urban cowboys buy and sell horses and ponies, often in the Smithfield market in inner city Dublin and then let them feed in parks or lands near their home.

  Furious Liam Kinsella of the DSPCA told that when he first went to location near Finglals the first animal he saw was a fatigued female that had either given birth or was in the process of aborting.

  A truck driver had seen the horse roll down that morning and on passing again later contacted the DSPCA as the horse had not got up.

  The dark horse was in agony and had to be shot on the spot – with a humane gun – as she was in such a bad state at the wasteland.

  “It was lying down on bits of an old metal bumper. It had no body weight and if it moved slightly it would injure itself on the metal,” said Mr Kinsella. Another horse was found by a hedge, lying beside a football, having been dead for four to five weeks and had his head and flesh eaten by vermin.


It was positioned around 500 ft from the first horse that was put to sleep. Another extremely skinny horse was rescued from a group of five and was successfully brought back to the shelter and is now being nursed back to some health.

  Groups of horses are still on the site and the DSPCA’s investigation is ongoing this week.

  The land borders two Dublin country councils and is owned by a developer who was unaware the horses were put out to graze on the wasteland, said the DSPCA. Last Sunday, Liam Kinsella said he witnessed a 12 year old boy buying a pony at the monthly Smithfield market for €150.

  Mr Kinsella said it was “impossible” to find licensed owners who would claim responsibility.

  He said the owners were more than likely “ordinary lads from housing estates who go to the Smithfield horse fair and don’t realise the expense, care or skills involved in maintaining the horse.

  “They just find a green belt area, put the horses on it and think they have fulfilled their duty.”

He commented that education and legislation was very poor in this sector and that the compulsory microchipping of horses needs to be introduced.

Wild birds caught by illegal trapping for trading as pets

Song-birds in good condition can command prices of up to £25 each

Irish Times, 02/08/1995

Wild song-birds, including goldfinches and bulfinches, are being illegally trapped in Wicklow and west Dublin for sale to avian enthusiasts and song-bird breeders. The Irish Times had learned that a number of individuals based in Tallaght and east Wicklow have already started to trap goldfic6hes for the pet trade.

  Trapping song-birds is illegal under the 1976 Wildlife Act. August traditionally signals the start of the illegal trapping season. Goldfinches are the most sought-after species for trapping, as birds in good condition can command prices of up to £25 each on the black market.

  Song-birds are trapped in two ways. The first, bird liming, involves placing a coat of bird lime, a glue-like substance on branches near a caged bird. The “caller”, as the caged bird is called, acts as a decoy to attract birds of similar species. When a wild bird lands on a branch coated in bird lime, it immediately gets stuck and is then captured by the trapper.

  The other method involves the use of specially designed trap cages. These are cages which have a holding compartment for a “caller” bird and a number of smaller spring-loaded trap cages. Trap cages are c6tivated when a bird lands on the “caller” bird’s cage. This traps the wild bird in a small compartment located on the top of the cage trap.

  A significant portion of wild song-birds die during capture and transportation from stress and handling. The life expectancy is very short as wild birds are not suited to captive lifestyles.

  Following capture, song-birds are laundered into the legal pet trade by placing closed bird rings on them. All native bird species sold in pet shops and at bird markets must have a closed bird ring on them. These are placed on captive-bred birds while still in the nest. As nestlings grow the ring becomes too small to remove over the foot. This ensures that all birds which have closed rings on their legs are captive bred.

  However, it has been learned that a small number of trappers are circumventing the Wildlife Act by putting closed-rings on wild caught birds.

  One trapper in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, told The Irish Times that by placing a closed metal bird ring on a hot nail, the ring could be enlarged and forced over a bird’s foot and on to its leg. When the ring cools it returns to its former size.

  Trapped birds are sold to pet shops and at bird markets. A small number are “legally” exported to Britain.

  Mr John Coveney, spokesman for the Irish WIldbird Conservancy, said the trapping of song-birds was not a major conservation problem. However, it had caused problems to species populations in local areas.

  The spokesman also called on the Government to introduce legislation to protect song-bird bird habitats and introduce more significant fines for those caught trapping wild birds.

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.

Evil thug ripped off rare bird’s heads.  

Daily Star, 28/03/2009

Glen Conroy (21), Mourne View, Skerries, Co. Dublin was jailed for three years for breaking into an aviary and killing twelve exotic birds.  The incident was captured on CCTV as Mr. Conroy and another accomplice broke into Newbridge House, Donabate, Co. Dublin.   

Mr. Conroy was drunk at the time and said he did not remember killing the birds until told by a friend the next day. In court, he said “he snapped their necks and gave them a few boots.”

Sickening scenes as hares fed to dogs

Evening Herald, 27/03/20006  

Gardai are investigating incidents where live hared are being fed to greyhounds in a West Dublin housing Estate.a member of the public saw youths taking hares from a sack and throwing them to a pack of dogs.the hares were killed and dismembered immediately.It took place at St Cuthberts Pk Deansrath, Clondalkin.Gardai believe this blooding is in training for racing, this incident was one of a number in the area.also in the grounds of a Clondalkin Company.

Blooding Greyhounds

Irish Independent, 17/04/2006

The current investigation by Gardai into the greyhound blooding incident in a Dublin park is a numbing reminder that the practice continues despite being highly illegal. Blooding has been flagged over the years by racing scene journalist, John Martin, who is on record as saying that “the bald truth is that greyhound racing would not continue to exist without blooding (and) it follows that, with a constant greyhound population of close on 30,000, blooding must be widespread”.

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.

Man arrested after dog killed in Dublin field yesterday afternoon

The animal was found dead at the grounds of Clonliffe College.

Journal.ie, 20/08/2014

A MAN WAS arrested after a small dog was killed yesterday afternoon at the grounds of Clonliffe College in Dublin.

  Gardaí and members of the Dublin Society of Cruelty to Animals were called to a football field at the grounds near to Croke Park in Drumcondra.

  There they found a small terrier that had apparently been killed at the scene.

  The DSPCA says that it is unclear whether the man was the owner of the dog or had come upon it at the scene.

  They say that the dog had received severe injuries from which it did not recover. The animal was taken away to a veterinary practice in UCD where a post-mortem will be carried out.

  Gardaí have confirmed that a 43-year-old man was arrested following the incident and was taken to Mountjoy Garda Station where he was questioned. He was later released without charge with a file to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  A DSPCA spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that one of the regular problems with securing convictions in cases of animal cruelty is a lack of witnesses or witnesses that are willing to come forward.

  It is believed that there were a number of people in the vicinity of the Clonliffe College area who may have seen what happened yesterday.

  The DSPCA say that any witnesses to this or any other incident can contact them in confidence at cruelty@dspca.ie.

Gardai seize deer's head as Operation Bambi hits poachers

Irish Independent, 22/04/2014

This is the deer's head that has been seized as part of an investigation into poaching code-named Operation Bambi.

  The discovery was made by Tallaght gardai when five officers entered a house last Friday week after they obtained a warrant under the Wildlife Act.

  It is understood that the head belonged to a deer that was poached using two lurchers and a spotlight in the Dublin Mountains.

  Sources have revealed that gardai were alerted to the situation after an image of the deer's head was placed on Facebook.

  Operation Bambi, being conducted by gardai and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, is co-ordinated by Insp Martin Walker who is based at Carlow garda station.

  It is understood that the Facebook image of the deer's head was sent to Insp Walker who was passed on the information to colleagues in Tallaght who then conducted a search of the house.

  Commenting on the seizure, Damien Hogan, the secretary of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland said: "The Wild Deer Association of Ireland welcomes this development and would like to thank all involved."

  "There has been a significant increase in the number of successful prosecutions and detections in recent months, and we would encourage our members and supporters to continue to report suspected incidents of deer poaching."

The Herald revealed last December that a gang that gardai targeted was responsible for poaching up to 200 deer after boasts about their exploits were posted on Facebook.

  The deer hunters has been operating without licences in counties Wicklow, Carlow and Kilkenny and were under investigation by gardai since the start of the season last September.

  Senior sources said that one suspect used Facebook to boast he has killed 15 deer in one night, and that gardai would not catch him.

  The poachers operated with the help of a high-powered lamp and an electronic device imitating the call of a stag during the rut, or mating season, in October.

  This attracted stags to come out of their cover in heavily forested areas and become easy targets for the poachers.

  Co Wicklow is reckoned to have the highest concentration of Sika deer in Europe after it was introduced from its native Japan by Lord Powerscourt in 1859, at his estate near Glencree.

  Sika and red deer are closely related, and as a result of inter-breeding, all of the deer now in Wicklow are hybrids.

  It is estimated that about 12,000 of the 32,000 deer shot under licence last year were killed in Wicklow, while hundreds more fell victim to poachers.

  It is understood that venison from poached Irish deer is being exported.

  Intelligence available in the Operation Bambi team indicates that some of those involved are supplying poached deer directly to British dealers who collect carcasses at pre-arranged locations using refrigerated lorries.

It is believed some of those involved are supplying poached deer directly to British dealers.

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Garda rejects animal charity’s claim that animal was burnt alive in Dublin

Irish Times, 29/11/2013

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DPSCA) has insisted that the horse whose charred remains were found in Tallaght yesterday was burned alive.

  The gardaí say they are satisfied from their investigations that the mare was already dead when petrol was poured on her carcass and it was burned.

  However, DSPCA spokeswoman Gillian Bird said it was in “no doubt” that the animal was alive when she was set on fire.

  “We have received information from eyewitnesses and people who have spoken to eyewitnesses who say this horse was alive when she was set on fire, though we do not know what state she was in,” she said.

  “We have no evidence that she was not alive. We will have more information about this next week.”

The incident happened on a patch of grass off the R136 between CityWest and Tallaght in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Ms Bird has insisted the original reports that the animal was alive came from the Garda station in Tallaght and subsequent information backed that up.

  She also said new information had come to light regarding the fate of the mare before she died.

  She had recently weaned a foal and appeared to be sick prior to the incident, possibly suffering from mastitis.

  According to reports given to the DSPCA, she was tied to a lamp post and was seen choking on the rope before being removed shortly before her death.   Another report tells of seeing a number of youths pouring a bottle of vodka down the mare’s throat.

  “Currently these reports are unverified but we will be following them up to complete the case file,” she added.

The DSPCA feels the claim the animal was dead prior to the incident has been given by witnesses to the gardaí in the hope that other horses will not be removed by the local authorities in response to the burning.

  The incident was described by the animal charity yesterday as a “deeply sinister development” and caused widespread outrage.

  A spokesman for the Garda press office said the abandoned horse was dead before its remains were set alight.

  The spokesman said: “It has been established through investigations that the horse was already dead before the carcass was burned and initially we did not know this. We in the Garda press office never stated that the horse was burned alive.”

  Ms Bird said they had encountered another incident of cruelty to a horse when a miniature Marabella miniature horse was rescued by a passer-by on Wednesday.

  Local children in Tallaght had tied a rope around his lower jaw and lip and made him drag a wooden pallet in front of him.

  The passer-by bought the pony for €100 and stopped a van driver who took the animal back to his house. The DSPCA then came and collected the Marabella horse who has bruising to his mouth but is otherwise unharmed.

  In a separate incident, some 15 of the horses that were found grazing illegally in Cork have been put down.

  The horses were rounded up last week by gardaí in a crackdown on unwanted animals grazing on both public and private lands. The horses belonged to members of the travelling community.

  A total of 85 across four sites in the Gurranabraher, Hollyhill, Knocknaheeny and Nash’s Boreen area of Cork’s northside were impounded and kept in a secure location pending them being claimed by their owners.

  Following an appeal, 30 were reclaimed by their owners and 40 were rescued for rehoming.

  The 15 who were not suitable for rehoming were enthanased, according toDanny Holmes, the vet for the charity Animal Heaven Animal Rescue, which helped to rescue the animals.

  The horses are currently in the charity’s rescue centre in Co Kerry.

  Mr Holmes said many of the problems have arisen because the Department of Agriculture brought in regulations last year that owners must register their equine premises.

  “There are unwanted horses. Last year those unwanted horses were finding their way into the food chain illegally and this year they are not,” he said.

The surviving dog Willow is being cared for around the clock by the DSPCA.

The Journal.ie, 21/01/2014

THREE DOGS HAD to be put down by the DSPCA after inspectors uncovered a horrific case of animal cruelty in Dublin.

  Inspectors from the DSPCA say that another dog found is in a serious condition and is being monitored 24 hours a day.

  The charity say that they were called to a housing estate after a case of cruelty to a dog had been reported.

  When arriving at the house, the inspectors in fact found four dogs living in what was described as “appalling conditions”.

  The floors were covered in faeces and waste material and all dogs were in terrible conditions suffering from emaciation as well as skin conditions and inflammation of the ears.

  Gardaí assisted inspectors in removing the dogs from the house but three of them were in such a severe state that they were euthanised.

  The fourth dog Willow is currently being cared for.

  Inspectors say that the skeletal and decomposed remains of a number of cats were found in an outside shed.

No arrests have been made but investigations into the case are continuing.

Gardaí are investigating the slaughter of the abandoned horse which happened in the Fettercairn area of Tallaght.

The journal.ie, 28/11/2013

A HORSE HAS died from extensive injuries after it was doused with petrol and set alight in Dublin last night.

  The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) has expressed outright condemnation at the slaughter of the horse which is believed to have been abandoned.

  The DSPCA was notified of the incident by gardaí this morning and accompanied gardaí to the site which is in a field by the road adjacent to the Luas in Tallaght. The area in Fettercairn is described as being close to a housing estate.

  The DSPCA inspectors at the scene said that it was evident that the horse had been alive when it was set alight and that a significant amount of petrol would have had to be used.

  The remnants of the fire have not yet been removed but the DSPCA say that it is expected the council will do so very soon.

  The charity say that this is one of the most horrific incidents their inspectors have ever witnessed.

  Five other horses in the vicinity were moved to safety by agents of the local authority with gardaí assistance.

  The DSPCA’s CEO Brian Gillen said that the charity is extremely concerned with what it calls this “deeply sinister development”:

  The horrendous death that this horse endured is unimaginable. Whilst we encounter many horrific cruelty and neglect cases with regard to abandoned horses, we have never seen such levels of deliberate and depraved cruelty.

  Gillen added that this “awful incident” reinforces the plight of abandoned horses in Dublin. “We are asking all the local authorities to take immediate steps to put a stop to this barbaric behaviour with the removal of abandoned horses to safekeeping”, he said.

  The DSPCA have uploaded a picture to their Facebook page of the scene following the fire but we advise that the image may be distressing to some readers. The charity say the picture is one of the least disturbing images they took of the scene.

  Gardaí confirmed that investigations into the incident are taking place but no arrests have been made.

A MAN has been sent for trial accused of kicking a small dog to death in a city park.

  Liam Dowling (44) is charged with animal cruelty offences following an incident in which a terrier was allegedly killed on a sports field.

  He had a book of evidence served on him at Dublin District Court.

  Mr Dowling, of Fitzgibbon Court, Fitzgibbon Street, in the north inner city, is charged with killing a protected animal and causing unnecessary suffering or endangering the health or welfare of an animal.

  Charges were brought under the Animal Health and Welfare Act and the incident is alleged to have happened at Clonliffe College last August 19.

  The DPP had consented to summary disposal of the case at district court level, but Judge Ann Ryan refused to accept jurisdiction to deal with it after hearing a summary of the allegations.

  The case was subsequently re-listed at the request of the DPP, and a state solicitor asked Judge Ryan if she would re-consider.

  She refused, saying: "You do not get two bites of the cherry."

  A book of evidence was subsequently served.

  Judge Ryan gave Mr Dowling the formal notice that he must provide to the prosecution details of any alibi he intends to rely on.

  She sent him forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, remanding him on bail, under existing conditions.

  Mr Dowling did not address the court.

  It was previously reported that animal cruelty workers and gardai were called to Clonliffe College.

  On arrival, they found the dog's body, which was removed by the DSPCA.

A post mortem was later carried out.