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Chemicals thrown over two dogs in separate Cork attacks

It’s not yet know what chemicals were used in these attacks – or if the same chemical was used in both.

WARNING: This article contains images that some people may find distressing. 

DOG OWNERS ARE being warned to be cautious after two dogs were attacked with chemicals in Cork.

The first attack took place in Ballincollig around two weeks ago while the second attack happened in Cobh. Animal Rescue Cobh posted images of dog on its Facebook page on 12 August.

It’s not yet known if the attacks are connected.

The Cobh dog was in the back garden of a family home when a chemical was poured over him. He also received holes in his back from someone poking him with an iron.

Chemicals thrown over two dogs in separate Cork attacks
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  • Animal Rescue Cobh

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The incidents were discussed on the Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM earlier today. Danielle Murphy also contacted the show about her dog who was attacked in a similar way in Ballincollig two weeks ago. It happened while she was out at work.


Vincent Cashman from the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) told the show that it’s important that people contact the gardaí if their dog is attacked.

He added that he doesn’t yet know what chemicals were used – or if the same chemical was used in both instances:

Hopefully the vets have taken a skin swab so they can break down what this chemical actually is … it could be bleach, it could be any chemical.

Speaking about the Cobh attack, he said, “This dog has three wounds on his side, so was the dog actually held down when it was punctured on the side?

This is an extreme case of cruelty – it’s completely barbaric.

The family of the dog in Cobh warned pet owners to be extra vigilant following the attack, “Everyone please keep an eye on your dogs and if you see any suspicious activity around a house please report to the gardaí! We are absolutely devastated that someone would do this to our dog.”

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