Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he is aware of this horrific incidence of animal cruelty (details supplied) in County Carlow; the action he will take to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice; and her views that this is totally unacceptable.

– Clare Daly.

For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 27th January, 2016.

Ref No: 3398/16 Proof: 95

3 Dogs found drowned in Carlow. . .. The dogs are on disused land behind Barnfield court. .A German shepherd. And a terrier cross and her baby did not deserve to die like this. The shepherd was chained and weighted down. The mother dog and pup where in the plastic bags which was filled with nappies. This horrible incident has been recorded by the Garda and is now in their system.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine : (Simon Coveney)
I understand that the incident to which the Deputy refers to has been reported to An Garda Siochana for investigation. Since these investigations are ongoing, I cannot comment any further on the matter.

Incidents of animal cruelty such as this are completely unacceptable. Sections 11 and 12 of the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013, which I introduced, contain rules relating to the welfare of animals and outlawing cruelty. The Act also provides for increased levels of penalties. Under the Act, on summary conviction, a person can receive a fine of up to €5,000. For major cases taken on indictment, the maximum penalty is €250,000 and/or imprisonment up to 5 years.