Tuesday 17 October 2017

Outrage as yellow road marking painted over cat on roadside

The cat was painted over. Photo: Animal Help Net Kerry
The cat was painted over. Photo: Animal Help Net Kerry
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

An animal welfare group has expressed its concern after a yellow road marking was painted over a dead cat on the side of a road.

The cat, who lay dead close to a ditch in Kerry, was painted in a thick yellow stripe.

In a statement, Animal Help Net Kerry said the incident near Ballyheigue was shameful.

“We have just received this photo, when line painting was being done in the Ballyheigue area nobody cared enough to move this poor cat who had been killed by a car and the line was painted over it,” the organisation said.

“Shame on those concerned,” it added.

A local councillor said the work was performed by a company which was commissioned by Kerry County Council.

“It’s very careless in my view... the least they could do is remove the cat from the side of the road before doing the painting.”

“I’ve already been onto the council this morning and I’ve asked the council to ask the council to be a little bit more sensitive.”

“It’s a rural farming community so on any one road there’d be several cats who’d live and survive in the area but wouldn’t belong to someone.”

A spokesperson for Kerry County Council said it is examining the "unfortunate" incident.

"We are investigating the issue and will be taking up the matter with the private company. We apologise for any distress caused."

Independent.ie has requested a comment from the company involved.

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