Tiny dog kicked to death by man in front of children on sportsfield
A man who kicked a small terrier dog to death on a Dublin sportsfield in front of children and their parents has been arrested by gardai.
People in the park at Clonliffe College, Drumcondra, north Dublin, watched in horror as the man allegedly grabbed the dog by its tail and swung it around.
The man is said to have then kicked the dog up and down the playing pitch where the dog died.
Animal cruelty workers and gardai rushed to the scene after several calls from distressed witnesses.
On arrival they found the man and the battered body of the tiny dog. The man was arrested and taken to Mountjoy Garda Station where he was questioned for several hours.
He was released and a file is now being prepared for the DPP.
The DSPCA said they had removed the remains of the dog and a post-mortem would be carried out over the next couple of days.
"This is a horrific case of deliberate animal cruelty," said DSPCA CEO Brian Gillen.
"Unfortunately, we are seeing serious cases like this on a regular basis which highlights once again the importance of humane education in schools."
They will be looking to see if the dog was micro-chipped, establishing its age and gender and seeing if it had any previous veterinary treatment.
It is understood the suspect, who is known to gardai for public order offences, claimed the dog was his own.
The incident happened at about 3.30pm and the DSPCA has urged anyone with information to contact the gardai.
They can also get in touch with the DSPCA through their email firstname.lastname@example.org or their website www.dspca.ie, where there is a report form that can be filled in for cruelty incidents.