Gardaí in West Cork are appealing for information after sheep were killed and injured by dogs.
A farmer reported he had found eight sheep dead and another five badly injured at Inch West, Dunmanway.
The attack is likely to have taken place between last Tuesday night and the early hours of Wednesday.
Gardaí said the injured sheep had bite marks on their legs and necks.
Meanwhile, detectives from the Cork West Divisional Drugs Squad found three “tented” growhouses in a locked barn in Ballineen on Wednesday. One contained 14 mature plants.
The other two were empty and gardaí believe it is possible they also contained mature plants which could have been harvested before they made their raid.
A senior Garda spokesman said that two men were arrested. They were taken to Bandon Garda Station where they were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. They were later released without charge and a file is to be prepared for the DPP.
Elsewhere, gardaí in North Cork are looking for two men who smashed a window at a pharmacy in Charleville yesterday and stole €2,000 worth of cosmetics and perfume. The men broke into Horgan’s Pharmacy near Dunnes Stores at 2am and escaped in a Renault Laguna-type car.
Anybody with information is asked to ring Mallow station at (022) 21105.
Gardaí in West Cork are also investigating the theft of a trailer worth €5,000 and five laser levels which would normally be used by people in the construction industry.
The Ifor Williams trailer was stolen from Mt Pleasant stud farm in Bandon on Wednesday between 4pm and 9.30pm.
Some time between 8pm on Tuesday and 2pm on Wednesday thieves used bolt cutters to get into a lock-up building in Waterfall. They took five laser levels, each worth €1,000.
Anybody with information on the sheep attack should contact Dunmanway station at (023) 8845202.
Information on the theft of the trailer and laser levels should be given to Bandon station at (023) 8852211.
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