Boxer dog used as 'bait' in illegal fights
Animal rescue workers fear a boxer dog was used as "bait" in illegal dog fighting, the latest shocking act of animal cruelty. It follows an incident in Kildare earlier last week in which another dog died after being found badly injured on an area of charred rubbish at the Curragh.
The latest incident happened in Monaghan. Veterinary officers are urging the public to help track down those responsible for what they described as "one of the worst cases of animal neglect and cruelty" they have witnessed.
The badly-emaciated and malnourished pure-bred boxer, thought to be between two and seven years old, was taken to the Monaghan Pound outside Carrickmacross last Wednesday after it was found wandering by a dog warden outside the neighbouring town of Castleblayney.
The animal had severe injuries to the right side of its face, consistent with sustaining a number of blows.
The dog's right eye had been dislodged from the socket and is so badly infected that it may have to be removed.
The possibility that the dog may have been involved in illegal dog fighting is being investigated by the authorities.
Helen Hewitt, who runs Carrick Dog Shelter - which operates the Monaghan County Council Dog Pound on behalf of the council outside Carrickmacross - told the Sunday Independent: "This is one of the worst cases of cruelty we have seen. This dog had no body fat at all. He was severely malnourished.
"His eye was hanging out and is so badly infected that it is likely it will have to be removed. It is possible that the dog may have been involved in illegal dog fighting, which does go on in the border areas although we may never know for sure."