GARDAI are working with Limerick Animal Welfare to establish the circumstances surrounding the shooting dead of several greyhounds in County Limerick.
The remains of the animals were discovered at a quarry near Ballyagran in recent days by a member of the public who was out walking.
It is believed that up to seven dogs were shot and dumped in the area.
Members of Limerick Animal Welfare have visited the scene of the discovery and gardai attached to Newcastle West station have also launched an investigation.
Marion Fitzgibbon of Limerick Animal Welfare says she has never seen anything like it before.
“There are five greyhounds that are fully recognisable and then there are portions of greyhounds,” she explained.
“I saw a leg and a body almost severed in two, there is a lot of blood. The dogs that aren’t decomposed seem to have been shot in the head. The smell is absolutely unbearable. There are swarms of maggots feeding on these dogs and you can actually hear them munching and scrunching,” she added.
*See the county edition of the Limerick Leader this Thursday for more on this story