A MOTORIST was left “horrified” when he came upon the carcass of a dead animal which he believes was skinned and dismembered before being dumped on the side of the road.
The man was travelling through Charleville when he saw a trail of blood and the dead animal.
“I can’t imagine that other people didn’t see it because the blood trail on the road was horrific. It had been dragged up along the road,” said the man named Kevin, who rang the Leader to highlight the matter.
“The blood trail was more than 30 feet. There were bits of flesh on the road - it was fairly graphic now I have to say. I can’t imagine people just passed that and thought no more of it. I actually thought it was a deer carcass - or that someone had disposed of a sheep or a goat or something but when I looked closely it was a dog.”
The discovery was made last Thursday on the road out of the town towards the golf club around 300 metres past the secondary school, on the left hand side.
“I saw his sternum and it looked like a clean cut through it. I hunt myself and I know a skinned animal when I see it and that skin was peeled - the animal wasn’t knocked down,” Kevin explained.
Kevin took a photograph of the carcass which he emailed into the Leader but it was deemed to be too graphic for publication.
“I know it’s horrific - a grotesque image but if you look towards the legs, you can see the skin down by the ankles, and that was cut - a car, a bus or a truck couldn’t possibly have done that.
“I’m not a vet but I hunt and I know something when its fleshed and when its not.”
Kevin, who came across the carcass last Thursday, shortly after 2pm, alerted the gardai about his concerns. He feels that the carcass must have been dumped that morning.
“It wasn’t decomposed and there was no rancid smell. The only smell I could get - and it was actually worse, was the smell of dog - that smell you get from a washed dog.”
He thinks the carcass was the remains of a large breed of dog - possibly a greyhound.
“It was a big dog. I maintain myself that it was dumped. It looks to me like it was skinned and dumped and perhaps the bag burst and that’s how the flesh got out on the road. The head was under the bag.
“Was it maybe to hide its identity?” he continued. “I can’t imagine that a truck would peel the skin so uniformly, to me it just looks suspicious.
“It’s kind of shocking - it’s basically right outside someone’s door,” Kevin explained.
Gardai in Charleville confirmed on Friday morning that they have received a report of the incident and said that the carcass had been removed from the road at that stage.