*GRAPHIC CONTENT* Dog dumped in plastic bag by roadside after it was shot in the head
The grisly discovery of a dog found dead inside a plastic bag by a roadside after it was shot in the head has prompted an appeal for information.
The body of a young female German Shepherd was found abandoned in a ditch in County Meath, near the towns of Moynalty and Kingscourt, on Wednesday morning.
A local man came across the dead animal and reported the grim find to the Meath County Dog Wardens.
It is believed the dog was dumped the night before as the man who made the discovery walks the road each morning and had not seen the body the previous day.
“The animal appears to have been shot twice at close range,” said Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Inspector Elaine Whyte.
“She was in good condition prior to her death so the reasons for the killing are unsure.
“Maybe she wandered into a nearby field and was killed by a farmer but this seems unlikely given how her body was dumped inside a plastic bag.
“It would be very unusual for a farmer to dispose of a dog like that.”
Ms Whyte told Independent.ie that the 2-year-old German Shepherd was found wearing a black collar, but said that there was no ID tag or microchip.
The ISPCA said the discovery comes less than two months after the carcasses of five dogs and a goat were found dumped in bags just 35 kilometres away in Killalon, Co Meath.
“This spate of killings would be unusual for the area so we’re keen for people to come forward with information,” Ms Whyte added.
Anyone with information as to what may have happened to the German Shepherd are asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890-515-515 or via its website.