File is sent to DPP on alleged animal cruelty
Three people arrested in connection with alleged animal cruelty were last night released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The three, a man and two women, all aged in their 40s, were arrested for their alleged role in what the ISPCA said was one of the nation's most "deplorable acts of animal cruelty".
Over 350 dogs and 11 horses were rescued from "horrific conditions" at a Co Carlow farm earlier this year.
The three were arrested after a joint raid led by gardaí, Carlow County Council and the ISPCA yesterday morning.
They were taken to Carlow Garda Station for questioning and were held there throughout the day before being released last night.
The Garda investigation into the alleged animal cruelty and neglect began in April.
ISPCA officers, as well as gardaí and officials from the Department of Agriculture and the local authority, were involved in removing the animals over a nine-day period. Dogs were found dead and officials found "countless horse carcasses".
"Of the 351 dogs seized all but three have been rehomed," said Carmel Murray of the ISPCA.