Serious concerns about animal welfare have been raised following the discovery of a number of dead animals at locations around the county.
A horse in foal was tied to a pole and left to die in an isolated area in South Kilkenny. The defenceless animal was dumped and tied on a track close to Three Friars Road at Mullinavat.
David Kennedy, who is a Sinn Fein candidate in next month’s elections made the gruesome discovery last Thursday.
“I came across it last Thursday evening. It’s back and front legs were tied up and I’d say it was dead in the box and they just backed the box up to the pole, tied the rope that was on her legs to the pole and drove off dragging her out,” he said.
Mr Kennedy contacted the gardai and the remains of the animals have since been removed.
“The council have to get tougher and enforce the legislation that is there to protect the animals.
“There is far too much of this cruelty happening and not enough is been done about it. This sort of animal cruelty cannot be tolerated,” he said.
A number of walkers at a Coillte-owned woods at Kyle, Dunamaggin were also horrified to find a number of dead animals dumped in the forest in recent days.
A sheep was dumped close to the entrance of the forest and it appears that the identification tag was forcibly ripped from the ear of the animal,” added Mr Kennedy.
The remains of a foxhound were also left to rot, along with the corpses of a calf and a Red Setter in the woodlands.
“It is possible that somebody has been paid to dispose of these corpses and has dumped them instead.
“However, the only way to prove this is to find the people who recently lost a red setter, a foxhound, a lamb and a calf and see who they paid to dispose of the corspes.
“The dumping of dead animals (or live ones for that matter) is illegal in Ireland and a prosecution should follow,” said Gina Hetherington of Paws Animal Rescue.
Coillte are investigating the incident and have reported the matter to gardai.
The carcasses are expected to be removed from the woodlands today (Wednesday).