Sunday 19 January 2020

Family of man murdered in Dublin Mountains appeal for help finding missing dog

Missing Fia
Missing Fia

Daire Courtney

The family of a man murdered in the Dublin Mountains at the weekend have issued a heartbreaking appeal for information about their missing dog Fia.

Father-of-three Michael McCoy (64) was discovered beaten to death on Saturday after going for a walk with his two boxer dogs two days earlier.

His dog Fia, a long-tailed boxer with a collar and was last seen with a harness and blue lead. 

The family have asked that anyone who finds Fia take her in and bring her to the DSPCA, or contact the DSPCA at 01-4994700 or

Mr McCoy’s daughter Rachel took to Twitter to search for Fia, tweeting pictures and videos in the hope that someone sees her.

A tweet from Ms McCoy on Monday said that Fia was spotted on the Ballinascorney Road and asked that people living around there keep an eye out.

Michael McCoy went walking with his two boxer dogs on Thursday; Gardaí were alerted when he failed to return home and his body was discovered on Friday after having been beaten to death.

This walk was part of Mr McCoy’s normal routing and the part of Brittas where he was discovered was very close to where he lived.

A suspect being questioned in relation to the murder was released earlier today.

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