Road markings painted over dead cat in Kerry
A local authority has apologised for the distress caused when a dead cat was painted over on the side of a road.
The black and white cat was pictured lying at the side of the road with a stripe of yellow paint over its front and rear paws.
Kerry County Council said it was examining how the incident happened, where road markings were apparently painted over the animal that was lying dead by a ditch near Ballyheigue in north Kerry.
A spokesman said: "The remarking of roads is carried out by a private company, under contract to Kerry County Council. We are examining the issue and will consult with the contractor."
The spokesman added that the local authority regretted the "unfortunate incident" and apologised for any distress.
Animal welfare groups and members of the public expressed concern since the picture emerged on social media.
Animal Help Net Kerry said the incident near Ballyheigue was shameful.
It said: "We have just received this photo, when line painting was being done in the Ballyheigue area nobody cared enough to move this poor cat who had been killed by a car, and the line was painted over it."