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Saturday 19 April 2014

Greyhounds shot in head and dumped in quarry

A MAN gave two greyhounds to a third party, who shot them in the head after they showed no sign of chasing hares.

A court heard yesterday that the two dead dogs were found, along with four other dead greyhounds that had also suffered gunshot wounds, in a disused quarry at Ballyagran, Co Limerick, on April 10, 2012.

John Corkery (53), a well-known greyhound trainer, with 18 years' experience, had been training the two dogs for competition.

The owners of the other dead dogs are unknown.

Inspector Eamon O'Neill, of Askeaton garda station, told Newcastle West District Court, the case was "the first of its kind" to be brought under the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011.

Mr Corkery, of Love Lane, Charleville, Cork, admitted one count of forging his son's name as the registered owner of a greyhound 'Rathluirc Sham'.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to notify the Irish Coursing Board of the transfer of ownership of a greyhound 'Kildangan Dawn'.

Judge Mary Larkin noted Mr Corkery would not identify the person who shot the two dogs.

Judge Larkin said: "It is the inhumane manner in which the dogs were put down that gives the gravest offence."

She fined Mr Corkery €300 for the forgery and €500 for failing to notify transfer of ownership.

Irish Independent

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