Thanks to an eagle eyed member of the public, the horrific violence, was caught on camera and forwarded to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA).
The footage shows a woman forcefully kicking a small helpless dachshund dog.
In Bandon district court recently the woman pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on her property last April and was fined €300 which has been criticised as too lenient by the ISPCA.
ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan responded to an urgent call in relation to a dog being repeatedly kicked.
When Inspector O’Donovan arrived at the property she found two female dachshund dogs. One of them had an Elizabethan collar on her neck, and was found to be recovering from surgery that had been performed on her leg two weeks prior to her visit.
The kicked dog had difficulty walking and Inspector O’Donovan removed both dogs immediately and they were taken into ISPCA care for veterinary assessment.
The injured dog, since named Lacey, took several weeks to recover from her new injuries, which resulted in her needing surgery.
Inspector O’Donovan said she is “disappointed” with the “leniency of the judgement”
“It was heart breaking to witness what had happened to this defenceless dog. She has such a pleasant personality, and there was absolutely no reason for her to have endured this horrendous attack”.
She added that she is “delighted” that Lacey is now “more comfortable” and relieved that both dogs are now in safe and “wonderful new homes”.
“The ISPCA needs your help to continue reporting cruel treatment, neglected or abuse to an animal by calling the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 in confidence or report cruelty online onhttp://www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint.”
As a result of the increased number of calls, and reporting of suspected animal cruelty cases through the ISPCA’s website, more than 40 pending prosecutions are now before the courts.
Due to the public’s reporting of alleged cruelty cases, 4,000 investigations, on average, are carried out, 700 animals are seized or surrendered to the Society.
Dr Andrew Kelly, ISPCA Chief Operating Officer pointed out that many animal owners still do not know what their legal responsibilities are.
“Many of our supporters have indicated that they feel that the penalties on conviction for animal welfare offenses are not high enough. We will continue to do our job and bring offenders to court. How the offenders are dealt with is a matter for the courts,” pointed out Dr Kelly.
“What is important for the ISPCA is that we use these cases, regardless of the penalties imposed to inform the public of their legal responsibilities.
“The ISPCA would like to see animal welfare taught to primary school children as part of the curriculum and we are intent on lobbying government to make this happen. In the meantime, every time there is a successful prosecution, the ISPCA will do its best to get the message out there that abusing animals, in any way, will not be tolerated.”