Tuesday 20 March 2018

Probe into 'horrific' fox killing

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

AN ANIMAL welfare probe is under way after sick thugs tortured and hanged a young fox from a tree directly opposite a busy bus stop.

The gruesome discovery was made in Mayfield on Cork's northside by a group of youngsters curious about the large plastic bag draped from a chain off a large tree branch.

Onlookers were horrified to discover that a fox had been wrapped inside a large plastic bag and then hanged by its neck from a chain.

The Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) was called to the scene and the fox was removed to determine if, as suspected, it had been tortured before being killed.

The CSPCA described the incident as one of the worst they have ever dealt with.

Inspector Vincent Cashman said they are determined to identify those responsible.

"This was a horrific act and we would appeal to anyone who suspects they know those responsible to contact either ourselves or the gardai," he said.

A special appeal for information has also been launched via the CSPCA's Facebook page.

Irish Independent

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