Reward of €5,000 offered after horse disemboweled

Group seeks information about attack on animal found in Dublin with ears cut off

A horse was found dead in the Darndale Park area of Dublin with a number of injuries to its body yesterday.  Photograph: Aran

A horse was found dead in the Darndale Park area of Dublin with a number of injuries to its body yesterday. Photograph: Aran

 

An animal rights protection group is offering a €5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a vicious attack on a horse.

A horse was found dead in the Darndale Park area of Dublin with a number of injuries to its body yesterday. It was disemboweled and had its ears cut off and anus cut out.

Animal Rights Action Group (ARAN) has put up the reward to encourage those with any information on the crime to come forward.

Spokesman for Aran John Carmody who has dealt with cases of animal cruelty for years, said it was “one of the most grotesque and sordid cases of cruelty” he had ever seen. “This animal was literally tortured and I used that word very strongly,” said Mr Carmody.

Mr Carmody said the reward was put forward by the group because people were reluctant to talk. “The area where the horse was found doesn’t have a good record when it comes to looking after horses and other animals.”

The group is also contacting local schools in the area with offers of having group representatives in to talk about cruelty to animals and the problems associated with it. They are also advising residents in the area to not leave their animals unattended outside.

“Animal abusers are cowards,” said ARAN cruelty caseworker Ronan Geary. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them. Area residents have good reason to be concerned. According to law-enforcement and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals—including humans.”

Mr Carmody added that he hoped whoever was convicted of the crime, received psychological intervention.

“Gardaí in Coolock say that have their work cut out in this area with regard to cases of horse and animal cruelty ,” said Mr Carmody.

Mr Carmody appealed for the Government to bring forward legislation regarding the animal health and welfare bill “as a matter of urgency.”

“There needs to be stiff fines and jail sentences as well as psychological evaluation for perpetrators because people will continue to abuse animals unless something is done very soon,” said Mr Carmody.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the local Gardaí at Coolock 01-6664200 or their local Garda station. See aran.ie