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

Hunters kill protected deer and calf.

Evening Herald, 7/1/2004

A deer and its calf were butchered by two English hunters armed with high powered rifles. Simon Everett (43) and Nicholas Pancisi (44) were caught by Kerry gardai. “They had shot the deer, gutted it and then shot its young and removed the hind quarters,” Inspector Michael O’Donovan said. The Red Deer were a protected species in this area “and should not have been shot” said the garda.  Both men pleaded guilty to the charge of hunting a protected species at Kilgarvan, south Kerry, were fined €800 each and their two rifles worth stg£2,500 each confiscated.

Kerry Foods in duck cruelty charge

Sunday Times, 9/10/2005

British animal rights activists are targeting the Kerry Group, Ireland's largest food company, over the alleged mistreatment of ducks at a farm in Norfolk.  see more

Mr T has lucky escape as four kid goats slaughtered in housing estate

Irish Examiner, 27/4/2012

Four kid goats were brutally slaughtered in the back garden of a built-up housing estate and only swift action by the authorities prevented a fifth from suffering a similar ordeal.  see more

Man who slaughtered goats in house convicted of cruelty
Irish Daily Mail, 05/07/2013

A man who admitted slaughtering goats in a house has been convicted of
animal cruelty.
Rashi Kibaga, 23, used a knife to slaughter the four goats in accordance
with religious teaching, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard.  Gardaí received a complaint in April last year about "goat screaming and in
pain" at a house in the town.  Officers and animal welfare inspectors went to the house and found four goat carcasses, two of which has been skinned, the court heard.
Brian McInerney, defending said Kibaga was an asylum seeker from Somalia and
a Muslim.  "For a devout Muslim to consume meat not killed in halal fashion would be a grave sin", Mr McInerney said.  What Kibaga did was customary in Somalia but he "accepts things are done differently in this country and he apologies," said the barrister.  Kibaga, of Killarney, Co. Kerry, who admitted animal cruelty, wronging using the house as an abattoir and failing to ensure the goats did not suffer. 
Judge Carroll Moran suspended a one-year jail term.  The main charge is that he cruelly tortured or terrified and killed four goats, contrary to Section 1 Protection of Animals Act 1911.

Reward offered after seals decapitated

UTV News, 8/06/2013

A reward of €7,000 has been offered by two animal rights charities to anyone with information about the decapitation of two seal pups, whose heads were nailed to signs outside a seal sanctuary in Co Kerry.

  Gardaí are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the gruesome plaques which appeared outside the Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary on Thursday morning.  The seal heads were displayed on boards along with the messages "RIP cull" and "RIP I am hungry", painted in blood-red block capitals.  "Despite this abhorrent act, we will continue to be there for wildlife in distress whenever we're needed and encourage people to continue to phone us if they find an animal in distress," a spokesman for the sanctuary said.  "We're in disbelief that we have to do so, but we'll be upgrading our security system and installing infrared cameras."

  News of what had happened sparked a flood of comments to the sanctuary's Facebook page, with many people angered and saddened by the display of cruelty.  "Everyone from the Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary would like to officially thank everyone for their support and their compassionate comments, in regards to the atrocious scene that we arrived to yesterday morning," the spokesman added.  Staff also thanked the Animal Rights Action Network and Sea Shepherd Conservation for putting up the reward money to help find those responsible.

  The seal sanctuary opened its doors in June 2010, with volunteers caring for animals in need right across the south-west of Ireland.  But some people, mainly fishermen, are opposed to seals being protected due to their impact on fishing stocks.

ISPCA dog pounds ‘barbaric and cruel’

Sunday Tribune, 13/10/1996

The ISPCA has been accused of cruelty to animals at some of its dog pounds throughout the country.  The allegations have been made by an animal welfare group.  The Irish Trust For The Protection And Care for Animals (ITPCA), which has condemned the ISPCA’s policy of putting down dogs using a bolt gun.

  The ISPCA says that conditions and practices at dog pounds in Sligo, Kerry Ennis and Roscommon amount to cruelty to the animals there.  Following visits to the pounds two weeks ago, which they filmed, the Trust called on the ISPCA to “monitor animal shelters in rural areas or withdraw from the dog warden service.”

  The ISPCA told The Sunday Tribune that it was aware that conditions at some pounds “were not up to scratch.  We are currently trying to persuade local authorities to upgrade standards.”

  The Trust claims that chloroform and bolt guns are used regularly in the Kerry pound.  “These have no place in animal welfare,” said Robert Doyle, a director.  “It is a barbaric, outdated and cruel practice.”  He criticised the lack of veterinary input into the killing of animals.  The shootings were usually carried out by dog wardens “who should not be the arbitrator between the life and death of an animal,” he said.  The ISPCA acknowledged that bolt guns were used but denied it was a cruel way to kill animals.

  Doyle’s film of the Ennis pound showed dogs of all ages in an enclosed room with no outdoor area and, apparently, no natural light.  One of the dogs was continually scratching and seemed to have an eye lesion.  There were also faeces littering the room and many of the dogs appeared bloated suggesting, said Doyle, that they had worms.

  In Kerry,  Doyle said the pound was situated “next to a slaughter house where pigs are killed on a daily basis.  We would consider this to be inappropriate and causes stress to the dogs,” he added.

  Mr Doyle said he had called the gardai to the Roscommon pound when he noticed a dog tied in a kennel “and in danger of strangulation.”  The dog was standing in water but “the rope around its neck was too short and did not allow the animal to lie down without getting wet.  The inside of the building was almost dark and a greyhound appeared to me to be in need of veterinary treatment.”

  The Trust has called for the closure of the dog pounds in Roscommon and Sligo, where it claims conditions for animals are also poor.  It also wants an end to the use of bolt guns which it described as a “form of cutprice dog control.  That euthanasia is necessary at all is distressing.  To have animals shot in the head – a shot that has no guarantee of success – by an organisation that is supposed to prevent cruelty is beyond belief.”

  The ISPCA’s chief executive Ciaran O’Donovan rejected these claims, arguing that “new keneels are to be built in Sligo which will create a lot of extra space for the animals.  I am aware of the problems in Roscommon but the local authority there has included money in its estimates for a new pound so that problem should be sorted soon as well.”

  Conditions at most pounds were excellent, he said.  “It would be nice to hear the Trust praise those as well as criticising the minority of pounds where conditions are poor.”

Gardai closing in on seal killers

Slaughter: 45 animals were massacred off the Kerry coast

Evening Herald, 30/12/2004

Gardai investigating the illegal slaughter of seals on Beginish Island are sending a file to Director of Public Prosecutions.

  The file was prepared after gardai completed interviews with a number of people. The DPP will decide on what action will be taken regarding prosecutions.

  Some 45 protected seals were massacred on the island off the West Kerry coast. The mammals were grey seals, a protected species under the 1976 Wildlife Act.


An investigation involving gardai, Duchas and conservation officers got underway following the discovery of the bodies near Dingle last month.

  Fishermen had previously called for a cull of the seals claiming they are damaging their nets and eating large amounts of dwindling salmon stocks.

  Some 40 dead seals including five adults were found at tiny Beginish Island in the Blaskets by divers out on a trip from a local club. Another five adult seals were found shot dead in Brandon Bay.

  Gardai denounced the killings as “a despicable type of crime which is being fully investigated.”

  Environmental Minister Dick Roche promised a full investigation saying he was shocked and disgusted at the brutality of the massacre of the protected seals.

  The 600 strong Blasket grey seals colony is one of the most important Europe and accounts for about one third of the total Irish seal population.

  The Irish Seal Sanctuary had called on Kerry people to help find and identify the killers responsible. Many of the tiny pups were so young they were not even able to swim.


The pups usually stay on the beach and their mothers come out of the sea to feed them until they are able to swim. Some of the adults killed on the beach could well have been trying to defend their pups when they were killed.

Raids target rare dogs, says breeder

Irish Times, 03/05/2005

The owner o almost a dozen Chihuahua dogs, stolen from a house in Tralee, Co Kerry at the weekend, believes rare breeds of dogs are being targeted by gangs in the Limerick and north Kerry areas.

  Two mothers, along with a male, the father o the families, and eight pups were stolen of the home of Marian O’Connor, at Brackrock, Upper Rock Street, Tralee in the early hours of Friday morning.

  The so-called toy dogs were all thoroughbred and are conservatively valued at €10,000.

  Gardai believe the theft was planned by a group intent on selling the rare dogs. “Someone knew they were being bred there and they had a means of transport to carry them off,” Sgt Bill Browne of Tralee said.

  There have been a number of such thefts in the Limerick and north Kerry areas in recent months, and many breeders are increasingly aware their dogs may be a target, said Ms O’Connor, a well-known breeder of the Chihuahua, a Mexican breed.

  She believes the theft was “not a very professional operation,” but she was targeted as a breeder.

  A cardboard box was emptied and the six-week-old pups were placed inside. The mothers followed quietly.

  The dogs would be sold on without papers, she said. “I believe the pups are still in the Tralee area,” yesterday.

  Ms O’Connor said she is worried about the welfare of the puppies in particular. Asked to describe the breed, Ms O’Connor said: “Chihuahuas are intelligent, friendly dogs and they are very loyal.” The pups were due to be sold on and families had already chosen their pups. One woman who had picked out two of the Chihuahua pups has been searching on the internet and issuing alerts, Ms O’Connor added.

  The dog, with a white beard, answers to the name of Toby, while the foxy coloured female answers to Gemma, and the black and white female answers to Jade. The pups are of varying colours.

  Anyone with information is asked to contact Tralee gardai at 066-7102322.