DOG owners are being warned not to walk their pets along the canal bank in Clonlara after a number of dogs died from suspected poisoning.
Signs have been erected along the popular walking route and this week gardai contacted a number of local farmers reminding them it is illegal to lay poison on their lands.
Three dogs died last weekend and, according to local residents, at least one other dog died in the past forthnight.
The Limerick Leader understands that a split sausage containing poison - possibly Strychnine - was found during an autopsy which was conducted on one of the dogs.
While the lands are owned by the ESB, they are rented to farmers who graze sheep on them.
Gardai at Ardnacrusha say they are aware of the concerns of local residents and dog owners.
A garda spokesperson confirmed consultations were underway with the ESB but that a decision has not been made in relation to a formal investigation.
Ronan O’Boyle, whose 11-year-old Dalmatian Missy died following a seizure on Saturday, says he’s devastated and angry. “We would be on the bank everyday and like many people in this area, we live for the bank because it’s the only place you can have a nice walk with the dog,” he said.
Ronan, who frantically tried to save Missy when she began having a seizure, says local residents are now calling on the ESB to designate a portion of the Canal Bank for dog walking.
“It will not bring back our dogs but maybe in the future, other dog lovers will avoid the trauma we have suffered,” he said.
Eugene O’Shea’s four month old Siberian Husky also died at the weekend
“Within half an hour of being back in the yard he was suffering convulsions and he was having these convulsions for about 20 minutes and we tried to revive him but there was no success, he died,” he said.