Animal cruelty anger

AILEEN HAHESY

Reporter:

AILEEN HAHESY

Cllr. Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan who organised the meeting in response to shocking reports from town centre residents of cats, kittens and dogs being stolen, tortured and killed.
An estimated 150 Carrick-on-Suir residents gathered at a public meeting last Thursday to highlight their concerns about animal cruelty and anti-social behaviour incidents in the town.

An estimated 150 Carrick-on-Suir residents gathered at a public meeting last Thursday to highlight their concerns about animal cruelty and anti-social behaviour incidents in the town.

The meeting at the Nano Nagle Community Centre was organised by Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan in response to shocking reports from town centre residents of cats, kittens and dogs being stolen, brutally tortured and killed by hurley wielding youths in the town.

But as well as these distressing animal cruelty cases, residents complained about other alleged anti-social behaviour crimes ranging from vandalism to assaults and intimidation. The meeting was attended by a Garda sergeant and representatives of Deise Animal Sanctuary near Ballymacarbry, which received the first report of animal cruelty incidents in January. Predominantly elderly communities like DeValera Place and Pearse Sq. are among the areas where pets have been targetted. Patricia (Pat) Edwards, the Sanctuary’s founder, said they have taken in a lot cats from Carrick-on-Suir residents worried their pets will be stolen, tortured and killed. Cllr Cooney-Sheehan said a committee representing different residential areas was formed at the meeting and will work with Gardai in tackling the problems highlighted. The committee is campaigning for more Garda and CCTV surveillance resources and changes to by-laws to restrict the use of hurleys in public streets in certain circumstances. The committee will host another public meeting in The Carraig Hotel on November 18.