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Nine people arrested following large-scale investigation into hare coursing

The suspects were allegedly engaged in the coursing of hares
The suspects were allegedly engaged in the coursing of hares

Nine people have been arrested in connection with a garda investigation into illegal coursing at a number of locations in Tipperary.

A number of "Lurcher” breed dogs have been seized along with equipment involved in this illegal activity.

The people were arrested following a joint operation by An Garda Siochana and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

They were arrested and are currently detained under the Provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended for offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 at Cahir, Thurles, Tipperary, Templemore and Clonmel Garda Stations. 

According to a garda spokesperson: “This operation targeted persons who illegally trespass on lands with Lurcher dogs and engage in offences contrary the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment on indictment.”

Anyone with information on this or any other crime can contact Thurles Garda Station 0504-25100, their local Garda Station or Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.