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Animal charity to report to gardaí after puppy found shot in Athlone

The puppy was found at a popular dog-walking spot with four shotgun shells on its body.

Note: Be advised that this article contains a graphic image of the puppy

AN ANIMAL WELFARE group says that it will make a report to gardaí after a puppy was found shot dead in Athlone.

Billy Gallagher of Athlone SPCA says that he received a call yesterday about the discovery of the husky puppy at the entrance of Glynwood Bog, a popular dog walking spot for families.

The dog was found with four shotgun cartridges on his body.

Gallagher says that the society has made contact with the dog’s owner, but that they had abandoned the dog, not shot it.

“We’re going to pass all of that information off to gardaí.

“It’s a very popular area for people to bring their dogs for walks. Someone was walking their dog and spotted this and called us.”


(Image: Athlone SPCA)

Although the picture posted on the society’s Facebook page shows only one side of the dog, Gallagher says the other side would be “too distressing”.

“I only showed the one side because when I lifted up the dog, half its head was gone. I couldn’t put that up because it would be too distressing to people.

“I didn’t want to turn the dog over and show what happened.”

Gallagher says that cases like this are the extreme, but they deal with “one or two” cases of dumping, in some instances on motorways, a week.

Anyone in need of assistance with animals in the area can contact ASPCA on 087 9925052.

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