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Gardai investigating as young puppy kicked to death by schoolboys

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Disturbing: The puppy was very small and less than 6 weeks old
Disturbing: The puppy was very small and less than 6 weeks old

Gardai are investigating a disturbing case of animal cruelty after a puppy was kicked to death by a group of schoolboys.

The horrendous attack occurred in Dundalk in the border county, and was reported to the local SPCA group. 

A gang of schoolboys were seen kicking the very young puppy around 'like a football' before a member of the public intervened. 

The shocking incident happened on the Castletown Road area of the town on Friday morning. 

“They were knocking it about like it was a football,” said Louth SPCA inspector Fiona Squibb. 

“Can you imagine doing something like that – it’s sickening. What kind of person would get enjoyment from such a terrible act?”

The member of the public who intervened brought the young canine to a nearby animal practice for treatment. However, his injuries were too severe and the decision was made to put him to sleep. 

“When the pup was brought she was in bad condition. I was told she was coughing up blood and was very tiny,” said Ms Squibb.

“She was crying in pain as she stretched her head up to gasp for breath. It was terrible to see.”

The SPCA inspector said gardai had been contacted over the incident and that they were hoping to review CCTV of the area.

In another horrendous incident, Ms Squibb said she was called to the sight of a cat that was “blown up” in Fatima, an area not too far from Castletown Road.

“A woman called us this morning after she saw a young boy stick a banger up a cat and run off. Thank god the animal was dead,” she said.

“It exploded by the roadside as a bunch of children watched.

“After that and what happened to that poor puppy, it’s  really worrying to think what these people are capable of.

“If they do this to a puppy, what wouldn’t they do to a human being? 

“This behaviour has to be nipped in the bud because it is a fact that those who abuse animals go on to do a lot worse.

“If these boys are our future, then God help us.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact gardai.