Farm Ireland

Sunday 19 November 2017

Gardai probe dumping of dead sheep

Tom Gilmore

A GARDA investigation is now underway into two instances of illegal dumping of sheep carcasses in Co Galway.

Dead sheep and lambs were found in a roadside drain near Moylough 10 days ago.

The animals were removed last Wednesday. However, a similar grisly find was made the following night, three miles away at Cooloo.

Fears have been expressed that the decomposed carcasses could have contaminated domestic water supplies in the area.

The dead animals were first reported by Galway county councillor Michael Connolly, who was alerted to them being dumped in the drain just off the Moylough to Dublin road.

Cllr Connolly, who is also a farmer, contacted the gardai and the environmental section of Galway County Council, and says whoever is responsible should face the full rigours of the law.

Local IFA representatives have also condemned the dumping. Galway IFA's Roy O'Brien said: "It is a most despicable act to dispose of dead animals in this way and we in the IFA deplore such a practice by a small number of farmers."

Locals said the stench of rotting flesh was unbearable.

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