Farmer guilty of brewing abhorrent animal cures

Irish Independent, 10/6/2001

A Farmer received a five month suspended sentence yesterday and had to donate €4,500 to the ISPCA after he was convicted of brewing illegal animal remedies – with ingredients like diesel oil – for sale or supply at his Cork home.  see more

Irish Examiner, 5/5/2003

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Patsy Costello, aged 63 of Anbally, Crummer, Tuam Co.Galway pleaded guilty to leaving the dead animal (a bull) lying above ground in a field for two weeks. Superintendent Martin Lee told Tuam Co.Galway District Court (3/05/03) the accused had two previous convictions for cruelty to animals and one for assault of a neighbour. Judge John Garavan imposed a fine of €400 and warned that the defendant was lucky not to be going to prison given his previous convictions.

Terrier torn apart by free running greyhounds.

Irish Independent, 13/11/2003

A jack Russell terrier named Lucky was torn apart by six greyhounds allowed to run free by their breeder. The revelation came as part-time breeder Anthony O’Mahony (40) was fined and ordered to pay €620 compensation by Cork District Court arising from the events of February 9th last. Judge David Riordan heard that the greyhounds savaged the little dog despite frantic efforts by his owner to protect him. The dog suffered appalling injuries and had to be put down. Gardai traced the greyhounds to Mr O’Mahony of Curraleigh, Inniscarra. Mr O’Mahony paid €150 in compensation to the victim and agreed to pay €140 in witness expenses, Judge Riordan fined him €110 on each of three charges of keeping an unlicensed dog.

Mutilated greyhounds dumped in river

Irish Independent, 7/9/2005

Animal rights groups have expressed horror at the discovery of the mutilated remains of three greyhounds, floating in a river. The dogs, found in Co Waterford, had their throats cut and ears sliced off. The discovery has shocked both locals and Greyhound Action Ireland (GAI) which is campaigning for the humane treatment of dogs. GAI official Tony Peters warned that such incidents of animal cruelty were no longer isolated.

Found with dead hare, cages and netting

Tipperary Star (http://www.tipperarystar.ie/news/local/found-with-dead-hare-cages-and-netting-1-2279821), 27/9/2010  

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

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 

Woman died from allergic reaction to sex with dog 
The Journal.ie, 08/07/2011 
A man appears in court after allegedly ordering his Alsatian dog to have sex with a woman who died as a result. A MAN HAS appeared before Limerick District Court charged with ordering his Alsatian dog to have sex with a 43-year-old mother of four, who died from an adverse allergic reaction to the intercourse. The Irish Sun reports that Sean McDonnell, 57, is charged with buggery contrary to Section 61 of the Offences against the Person Act of 1861 – and is believed to be the first person in Ireland to be charged under the legislation. The Irish Daily Star adds that McDonnell and the deceased woman had discussed the arrangement on a bestiality internet chat room, and that Gardaí are satisfied that the intercourse was consensual. The Alsatian dog has been kept in quarantine ever since the incident of 7 October, 2008, Patrick O’Connell wrote.

  The woman fell ill at around 7:30pm that evening and was rushed to Mid-Western Regional Hospital where she died at around 8pm. Tests showed she had died of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction similar to that prompted by peanut allergies. The Sun’s Barry Moran said McDonnell could face a life sentence in prison if found guilty.

Twisted teens in farm slaughter

Animals burned alive in latest sickening attack on a quiet rural town

Sunday World, 07/04/2002

Callous youths set fire to a barn containing live sheep and lambs in the latest of crimes that has placed a quiet rural town under permanent siege, according to locals.  see more

Slaughter 3,000 racehorses

Worried Breeders: We Need Less Stock

Irish News of the World, 25/01/2009

Horseracing last night became the latest victim of the Irish recession as breeders called for 3,000 brood mares to be slaughtered.  Hundreds of owners are bailing out of the sport every month, the Small Breeders’ Association (SBA) revealed.

  Trainers are being left with scores of unwanted runners and a mass of unpaid bills. SBA Chairman Michael Maguire said: “Until 2007, any kind of a horse was selling, so a lot of inferior horses were being bred. There were 8,000 brood mares registered last year, and we believe 3,000 of the poorer mares should be slaughtered. We have to breed less stock.”


Mr Maguire has been contacted by trainers complaining that callous owners have abandoned their animals.  He said: “One trainer I know was left with four horses after the owner said he was finished with racing and told him to sell the animals to clear the bill.”

 A Tipperary trainer, who asked not to be identified, said: “Owners may tell trainers to keep the horses, but a lot of them are worth nothing. Most will end up at the meat factory.” A huge number of horses are expected to be sent for slaughter as the recession deepens.

  An abattoir in Carlow has applied for a license to destroy 300 horses a week.

  The country’s only other horse rendering plant, B&F Meats in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, has a huge waiting list.

  Figures released last week show that from 2,000 to 2007, the number of horses in training rose by 52 per cent.  But in 2008 the number of new owners fell 14.7 per cent from 1x4x49 to 1,237.ISPCA officer Barbara Brent said: “Years ago if you had a good horse to re-house you’d have a dozen homes for it, but now people just can’t afford it. People should take responsibility for animals.”


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 Puppies

Sunday World, 03/03/2002

Animal rights campaigners have accused travellers of holding sick dogs to ransom.

  A couple running a dog refuge revealed that members of the travelling community are demanding cash to hand over ill animals.  Clare-based Sybil Hinze said that the dog owners refuse to allow their pets be taken away for treatment until they get up to £50 in cash.

  Sybil and husband Nick have been running a shelter for abused animals in Broad ford for three years.


They also warned that ill-treatment of pets is not just confined for a major public educ6ation campaign.

  “We have picked up dogs from travellers and sometimes you do have to pay them to get the animals,” she said.

  “Some people won’t just give you the dog and there is no legal power that we have to seize the dogs. We are not the police. There is no law against tying a dog up to a caravan and leaving it there. All we can do is ask them nicely but they usually want money. They buy and sell dogs anyway. They ask for £30 or £50 for dogs. It depends on what you are willing to pay. But it is not only a travellers’ issue. There are other people, mostly farmers who can be ignorant of how to treat animals. People just need to be educated.”

Animal lover Sybil, who has seven dogs in her own home, also said some owners can become aggressive when rescuers try and seize their dogs.

  “It is not only the travellers but they can be aggressive,” she explained. “They do not like being told that they are doing any wrong with the animals. To try to take a dog from them or ask them for it when they don’t want to give it can make some of them very aggressive. But it is a matter of realising that a dog sometimes needs to see a vet and get vaccinations. We have picked up animals that travellers have just left behind, tied to trees after they move on. They are homeless and starving and in a bad condition.”

Sybil and Nick called for an education campaign for animal owners after the horrific death of a pony during a backstreet harness race this week.

  The animal died in agony after being forced to gallop at speeds of 30 mph in the race which took place in Castlemaine, Co Kerry.

  The incident highlighted the lack of resources for tackling animal cruelty in Ireland and sparkled outrage among animal lovers around the country.

Give us back our dog

Shattered owners make desperate pleas for their beloved stolen pooches to be returned unharmed

The Star, 09/04/2006

Hundreds of animal lovers around Ireland have fallen victim to the dognapping trend that has swept the country.  se