FIVE MEN HAVE been released without charge after a horse was shot dead in Kildare yesterday afternoon.
The men were stopped in their van by gardaí on the N4 close to the Celbridge interchange and were arrested for questioning.
A gun was also recovered.
The horse was shot dead in a field outside Kilcock, on the Clane road.
Mary Lawlor from the Kildare and West Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told TheJournal.ie that:
It’s horrific what’s happening out there at the moment. I think the cruelty element to horses is definitely getting worse.
The Irish Independent reports that the shooting is part of an ongoing feud between two gangs in the district and that this is the second horse to be shot over the feud.
A file is being prepared for the DPP.