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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Farmer claims neighbour's dogs attacked cattle

Published 04/07/2013 | 05:26

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A NEWMARKET farmer who claimed that his neighbour's "seven Alsatian dogs" had hunted his cows, bit and tore them, and resulted in some cows losing half their tails, had the case dismissed at Mallow court on Tuesday.

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A NEWMARKET farmer who claimed that his neighbour's "seven Alsatian dogs" had hunted his cows, bit and tore them, and resulted in some cows losing half their tails, had the case dismissed at Mallow court on Tuesday.

Mortimer Cashman of Clonfert, Newmarket had pleaded not guilty to having dogs which were not under control on March 2, 2013.

Farmer Tim Joe Murphy told Judge Brian Sheridan that Mr Cashman's dogs had attacked his cattle, which had resulted in bites going all the way up the cows' legs to their hips.

He also claimed that in 2010, Mr Cashman's dogs had killed an animal. He said in July 2012, Mr Cashman had told him that he had seen his dogs rounding up Mr Murphy's cattle.

"He told me he would get rid of the dogs. We used to get on great but then I saw his dogs in his yard. He told me in January 2013, that he had given his dog's rat poison to kill them, but it didn't work. He then gave them anti-freeze but said that also didn't work," said Mr Murphy.

Mr Murphy said by March 2, 2013 things had come to a head for him as his cow's tails and legs had been bitten and torn.

"He denied to me that they were his dogs and then gave me a slap into the mouth," said Mr Murphy.

He said that he had seen Alsatians as well as Alsatian pups which were about six months old on Mr Cashman's property.

Mr Murphy told Brian Sheridan that he was left with no other option but to report Mr Cashman to Cork County Council and the Gardai. He said that he has not seen any dogs for a number of weeks.

In cross examination by solicitor Dave Waters, Mr Murphy said he had not sought the attendance of a vet when he claimed his animals had been bitten and their tails torn. Mr Murphy said he administered injections to his cattle on foot of advice from a vet.

Mr Waters also said there wasn't any Garda prosecution against Mr Cashman and the dog warden for CCC, Tim O'Sullivan, did not find seven dogs on Mr Cashman's property but just one, which was in his house.

Mr Waters said Mr Murphy's complaint was the only complaint and bounding farming neighbours had not made any complaints.

Dog warden Tim O'Sullivan said he had gone to Mr Cashman's property, following a complaint. "Plenty of people that I spoke to saw dogs and there was a lot of dog activity but no more information was forthcoming. Another man did also make a complaint about Alsation dogs. However, people that I did speak to were indicating towards Mr Cashman's property but did not name him directly," said Mr O'Sullivan.

He said that he had only found one dog on Mr Cashman's property. He also said that a dead Alsatian had been found on Mattie O'Connor's land nearby.

Mr Waters sought a dismissal based on the legal argument of reasonable doubt.

Judge Sheridan said there wasn't any corroborative evidence of injury to the cattle as well as no independent evidence.

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