Mayor calls for emergency legislation

Mayor of Kilkenny, Andrew McGuinness is calling for a crackdown on animal cruelty in the city.

Mayor of Kilkenny, Andrew McGuinness is calling for a crackdown on animal cruelty in the city.

Cllr McGuinness is calling on the government to introduce emergency legislation to stamp out animal cruelty following the harrowing discovery of a dead horse on the outskirts of the city in recent days.

Members of the public were sickened to find the remains of the animal on the side of the road in the Hebron area of the city. There has been a public outcry on social media sites with people calling on the gardai to arrest the people responsible.

“This is yet another shocking and disgusting display of animal cruelty in Kilkenny. I recently held a meeting with Garda Superintendent, Padraig Dunne and Council staff who work in this area and they highlighted significant challenges that surround this issue.

“I’m calling on the Government to introduce emergency legislation to allow the guards to stamp this issue out once and for all. I believe a zero tolerance approach and constant enforcement are necessary. Those responsible must be brought to justice as a matter of urgency,” said Cllr McGuinness.

Politicans have met with gardai and council officials at a meeting in the Town Hall to discuss horse welfare in the city following widespread concern over cruelty which has resulted in the death of several animals.