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# Animal Cruelty

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'It could have injured itself badly': DSPCA criticise man who rode horse through Dublin pub
A video has emerged online of a man riding a horse through a Dublin pub.
Appeal for information after dog is shot in neck in Dublin
The DSPCA’s veterinary team said Victoria is “very lucky” to be alive.
Gardaí investigating alleged beheading of couple's dog
The incident occurred in the back garden of a home in Rathdrum, county Wicklow.
How did Ireland's horsemeat scandal spark a Europe-wide investigation?
Over the weekend, Spanish authorities dismantled an organised crime group that trades horsemeat illegally.
Two Americans and one Spaniard gored in Pamplona bull run
Today’s bull run was the first of the nine-day festival.
Controversial cockfight plans were a publicity stunt that got out of hand
The PSNI met with a man after people called for a boycott of a festival he’s organising.
Tipperary man admits to neglecting old bull terrier who had to be put down
The aged Staffordshire bull terrier was found to be “extremely thin and malnourished” and was put down.
Seven dogs had to be put down after being found in 'deplorable' conditions
The animals’ former owner was barred from owning any dogs.
After spate of animal cruelty cases, Taiwan has decided to ban the eating of cats and dogs
Eating dogs is believed to boost male potency by some in the country.
Puerto Rican man who bit off the head of girlfriend's chihuahua gets jailed for seven years
No motive was given for the attack.
'Hungry, thirsty, filthy': Woman fined €2,500 after dogs discovered in horrendous conditions
One of the dogs was missing all but two of his teeth.
China's demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter
The donkey gelatin industry is said to be worth millions of dollars in China, which is now looking to Africa to satisfy new demand.
Zoo deaths: 'In the wild, gorillas don't eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration'
Even in the best circumstances, it’s impossible for zoos to meet all the unique needs of the various species they hold captive, writes Elisa Allen.
Puppies found covered in urine and faeces with no access to food or water
The ISPCA has received over 53,000 calls in the past three years.
In photos: ISPCA report reveals cases of starving dogs and ponies in filthy conditions with no water
In 2016 inspectors initiated 32 prosecutions and saw 15 finalised in court.
Man who hoped his dog would get better without treatment convicted of animal cruelty
The man was in denial and hoped his pet would recover.
Thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas? Here's why you shouldn't
The ISPCA has warned people to wait until January to avoid funding puppy farms where dogs can be kept in “appalling conditions”.
'Quiet, hungry' puppies shipped from Dublin Port will soon need new homes
The puppies were seized in Holyhead and returned to Dublin, where they are now being cared for in temporary foster homes.
Former Tory deputy leader clarifies that he did NOT kill his mother's dog
Michael Heseltine claimed the Alsatian had a mental breakdown.
Protest against animal cruelty as only two people convicted of cruelty to animals so far this year
In 2013, 23 people were convicted for cruelty to animals. That figure was 21 in 2014 and 16 last year.
Animal rights group releases secret video footage of rabbits to call for angora ban
“The unedited images… explicitly demonstrate the rabbits’ suffering,” the One Voice group wrote in its appeal.
Over 120 Irish lambs have reportedly died of suffocation on a flight to Singapore
The animals were part of 1,700 young sheep flown from Ireland to be slaughtered in Monday’s Hari Raya celebration.
Chemicals thrown over two dogs in separate Cork attacks
It’s not yet know what chemicals were used in these attacks – or if the same chemical was used in both.
'Plastered' tourist fatally injures Pinko the famous dancing flamingo
According to a police report, a 45-year-old father of two was visiting Busch Gardens theme park in Florida with his family when he reached into a pen, picked up the flamingo and threw her down.
Australian man who bit head off a live rat banned from owning pets
Matthew ‘Mad Matt’ Maloney was charged following a raid by RSPCA investigators after the bizarre stunt.
Malicious and cruel: what drives someone to poison a dog?
After the case of deliberate poisoning in Dublin this week, delves into such incidents and why they happen.
'This is not a sport, it's just cruelty': Irish TV and music stars support ban on hare coursing
Ireland is one of only three countries that allows hare coursing. Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan wants it to end.
Meath man convicted after dog Coco left emaciated and barely able to walk
The ISPCA says the dog had a chronic skin condition all over the lower half of her body.
Dog dies after being left in hot car at Bloom festival
Gardaí are investigating after they were called to the Phoenix Park to try and rescue the dog.
Abandoned horse left with maggot infection after headcollar embedded on its head
It took four attempts with a team of volunteers, a vet and the operations manager at Dublin Zoo before the animal could be caught.
Authorities struggling to capture horse that has forced children and residents off green
Daytime seizures can result in a very quick gathering of a hostile mob.
49 starving monkeys rescued from South African garden centre
The monkeys had been kept in cages for the entertainment of people coming to buy plants at the centre.
Cork man fined after Huskies were found covered in faeces with no access to food
One of the dogs was pregnant.
The show must not go on – the time to ban wild animals from circuses is now
At least 12 local authorities have introduced bans on the use of council land by circuses – but a full ban is needed, writes Elisa Allen.
Dog blind and fighting for life after being shot with pellet gun
Fawn has 50 to 60 pellets embedded in her head and ears.
Emaciated pony dumped by Dublin canal was 'too weak to lift her head for food'
An animal rescue charity said the animal was “left to die” by a canal in Ballyfermot.
London man sentenced for having bestiality images and selling monkey heads on eBay
George Bush posted 141 endangered animal specimens for sale online.
Woman finds horses disemboweled and skinned at the end of her driveway
A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.
German Shepherd shot in head and dumped in ditch
WARNING: This post contains images some readers may find distressing.
Man fined €500 for causing unnecessary suffering to 11 horses - four had to be put down
Gardaí and an ISPCA Inspector discovered the horses in December 2013.