Officers honoured for helping save animals
SIX gardai were honoured yesterday for helping rescue animals which were badly mistreated.
Among the horror stories was the tale of the dog who was beaten repeatedly with a large metal baton resulting in blindness in one eye. Another case involved the forced removal of a microchip from a horse's neck.
Each garda was presented with a special commemorative medal to acknowledge their commitment to animal welfare during a special ceremony at the DSPCA centre in Rathfarnham.
The DSPCA also warned that since the economic downturn it has seen a dramatic increase in the number of cruelty cases as families simply don't have the cash to feed their pets.
"There's more starvation of animals and increasing mistreatment. This year will see the recovery of up to 3,500 animals," said CEO Brian Gillen.
"These gardai are receiving their medals because we want to acknowledge their co-operation and assistance whenever it was required; also for prosecuting offenders presented to them," he added.