Dad kicks puppy to death in front of kids

by Sylvia Pownall

A DAD punched and kicked his own puppy to death in front of a group of kids in Balbriggan.
The dog, a Jack Russell cross, sustained a fractured spine and broken ribs in the savage attack in a garden in Dun Saithne estate.
Gardai were called and a vet took the bloodied pup into care – but the stricken animal’s injuries were so severe it had to be put down the next day.
DSPCA spokesperson Gillian Bird said: “He was conscious when we got him, but he was quite heavily sedated and on pain killers.”
“Such was the extent of the young dog’s awful injuries our vet team were forced to make the decision to put the poor puppy to sleep to relieve his suffering.”
A preliminary x-ray showed the male dog – less than a year old – sustained a fractured spine, fractured ribs and some paralysis to its back legs in the savage attack.
However when the full extent of his internal injuries became known it was decided to put him to sleep to end his pain.
Gillian added: “This happened in front of a group of adults and children. We are working with the gardai to get a prosecution and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.”
One shocked source in the estate told the Fingal Gazette: “He will probably say he was drunk and on steroids and get away with it scot free. It’s sickening. He should be run out of Balbriggan.”
Another said: “The kids up there are all very upset. People are fuming over what happened. He can’t be let away with this.”
Locals are now planning a public demonstration against animal cruelty following the attack which happened around 10pm last Thursday.
A garda spokesman said: “We are investigating an incident in relation to the Cruelty to Animals Act.”
It is understood an individual has been questioned and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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