Gardai continue probe into discovery of ‘shot’ greyhounds in County Limerick

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

GARDAI say they have received no formal identification of the owners of a number of greyhounds which were shot and dumped in a quarry in County Limerick.

GARDAI say they have received no formal identification of the owners of a number of greyhounds which were shot and dumped in a quarry in County Limerick.

Up to seven carcasses were discovered at varying levels of decomposition by an individual out walking their dog on land outside the village of Ballyagran.

Identification markings on two of the animals were still intact and according to Bord na gCon the owners have been identified and will now be investigated.

A case conference was held between the gardai, the Irish Greyhound Board and the Irish Coursing Club this week in relation to the matter.

“We are working together with Bord na gCon and there is a sharing of information going on,” said a spokesperson for Newcastle West garda station which is leading the investigation.

“We have received nothing on a formal basis identifying the owners of the greyhounds,” he added.

According to the spokesperson for Bord na gCon they tracked the owners of the greyhounds within 24 hours of the discovery. The animals were shot in the head.

“Obviously everybody is very upset by this because it has been a disgusting act. We gave all the information we had to the gardai. That’s all we can say about the people involved. The information is now with the gardai. The investigation is being led by the gardai and we are cooperating with them on an ongoing basis,” he added.

Under the Welfare of Greyhounds Act, a greyhound can only be euthanised by a registered veterinary surgeon.

It is understood that the owners could be prosecuted for one of a number of breaches of the Welfare of Greyhounds Act and there are possible ramifications for illegal dumping.

Marion Fitzgibbon, chairperson of Limerick Animal Welfare who visited the gruesome scene last week described it as “one of the worst cases of animal cruelty” she has ever come across.