AN investigation is to be carried out into the discovery of up to 20 dead foxes which were dumped from a roadside in county Limerick and appeared to have been shot.
The dead foxes, some of which had the fur removed from their tails, were clearly visible from the roadside of the Maigue Bridge on the Bruff Road outside Croom and had been dumped in the river.
The dead animals appear to have been carelessly dumped from the road and at least one fox carcass could be seen tangled and hanging in the trees next to the bank of the river.
When the Limerick Leader visited the gruesome scene late this Wednesday afternoon having been notified by a member of the public about the dead foxes, workers had been dispatched by Limerick County Council to remove the animals from the river.
Speaking at the roadside one said: “This is an out and out disgrace.”
“They are going to be checked out (by vets) and hopefully they will get them (those responsible) for this,” he explained, adding his belief that the animals had likely been shot.
“We got a phone call today to come and retrieve them. We have to hold them for the vets. I suppose they are going to find out who did this after that.”
The animals were dumped from the bridge, which is just a half a mile outside Croom. There was a noticeable smell emanating from the carcasses.
“They weren’t put in there today or yesterday,” remarked another person at the scene
“They are only a harmless animal, they were not doing any harm to anyone, it is the height of ignorance. I don’t know why they threw them in there, if they threw them into the river, they would be gone.”