Garda probe after kittens dumped and left for dead during Dubs game
Animal welfare officers and gardai are trying to trace someone who dumped a bag of live kittens outside a house during the All-Ireland semi-final.
Gitte McMullan says her decision to stay at home to watch the game rather than travel to Croke Park probably saved the lives of the three animals.
She says she was horrified to find three terrified kittens sealed inside a plastic sheep-feed bag dumped by her door in Donegal town on Sunday.
The bag had no air-holes or ventilation and was tied tightly at the top with a plastic cord meaning that there was no chance of escape for the kittens.
"Someone has come in through the side gate into my property despite there being a warning sign that we have a dog loose," Gitte said. "They've just left the bag beside the back door, with no phone call or anything to let us know they were there."
"What if we'd all gone to Dublin to watch the match like most of the county? My children would have come home to find a bag of dead, suffocated kittens by their door."
"Luckily they were discovered in time and the three kittens, two boys and a girl, seem to be in reasonable health."
Gardai are viewing CCTV footage in an attempt to identify those responsible.