Farmer and 'soulmate' dog viciously attacked by gang who broke into house for 'small sum of cash'
A farmer who was beaten and bound by a gang of men at the weekend is still recovering in hospital in Co Offaly and it has emerged that his dog was also beaten in the attack.
It has been revealed that the four-man gang who forced their way into his home also viciously beat the man's dog, which was described by one local representative as the farmer’s "soulmate".
The 54-year-old farmer was dragged out his bed and set upon by the gang at Glasderry beg, Brosna near Birr in Co Offaly on Saturday morning at 2am. He was beaten about the head with an implement and dragged out to a barn where he was tied up.
Gardai have appealed for information in relation to the crime and say the burglars, who had Munster accents, used a high powered 4 X 4 vehicle in the crime and wore gloves and hats.
Renua Ireland Leader and local councillor John Leahy said “it was a vicious attack and a vicious attack on the dog as well.” He explained that “they grabbed the dog by the throat and gave the dog an unmerciful beating.”
The drystock farmer, who grew up in the house, herds his cattle on foot and always has his sheepdog by his side, said Cllr Leahy, who is a family friend. The dog, which Cllr Leahy described as being “basically his soulmate,” was in the room when the gang burst in and began their attack. Since the beating, no-one is able to approach the dog because it is just “gritting its teeth” in response, explained Cllr Leahy.
He said the gang savagely beat the man before dragging him out to a barn where “they tied him up and left him for dead.” There he managed to free himself and make his way to a neighbours house, where the alarm was raised and an ambulance was called.
The farmer was recovering from his non life threatening injuries at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore and is expected to be discharged on Monday evening, but he is not expected to return to his home.