Sunday 25 February 2018

Puppy died after violent public attack in which it suffered fractured ribs and spine

Tomás Heneghan

Gardaí are investigating a violent attack on a puppy on Thursday night, which resulted in the animal losing its life.

The Jack Russell Cross, which was thought to be about a year old, had to be put down due to its injuries.

Gardaí received a report at approximately 10pm on Thursday night about the incident.

The dog was reportedly kicked and beaten repeatedly by an adult male during the attack which took place at Dun Saithne, Balbriggan in North County Dublin.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) is calling on anyone who witnessed the attack to contact their inspectors or Gardaí.

A DSPCA spokeswoman told the dog had “a number of fractured ribs and a fractured spine which had led to paralysis in its back”.

She explained that the attack had been witnessed by a number of adults and some children, including some around 15 years old.

She added that following an x-ray there were no surgical options available due to the extent of the dog’s injuries.

The spokeswoman said the incident was now under investigation and that the DSPCA inspectors were working with Gardaí on the matter.

A Garda spokesman confirmed that no arrests have been made that “Gardaí in Balbriggan are investigating the incident”.

The DSPCA is appealing to witnesses to contact its inspectors by email at

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