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Oceanographer investigates alleged animal dumping

CLARE gardaí have enlisted the services of an oceanographer as part of a complex investigation into the alleged dumping of 17 carcasses at the base of the Baltard Cliffs near Doonbeg. Chief Superintendent John Kerin confirmed the oceanographer was hired in an effort to establish whether or not the animals, which were discovered in April 2014 were washed in from the Atlantic Ocean. Superintendent Kerin confirmed a substantial two-volume file on one of the most complex cases in West Clare in recent times had been lodged with the DPP since December. It is understood that a decision considering a direction in this case will be made in the near future. An investigation is continuing involving the gardaí, the Department of Agriculture, Clare County Council and the ISPCA. The expertise of the Department of Agriculture, concerning DNA examination of the dead animals, has been called on to establish if they matched any herd number in the department’s official records. Up to …

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Carcasses may have to be burned

SUCH is the difficulty in accessing the location where 17 horses, cattle and calves were found dumped at Baltard Cliffs in Doonbeg last week, the animals may have to be burned. Kilrush Gardai are still investigating the discovery of the dead animals, news of which was broken in last week’s Clare Champion. “Enquiries are ongoing in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Clare County Council, The Irish Horse Welfare Trust and the ISPCA. Door to door enquiries have also been carried out,” Kilrush Gardai said on Wednesday, adding that they would welcome any further information from members of the public. Meanwhile, Clare ISPCA Officer Frankie Coote described the location of the dead animals as “perilous” adding that it may prove impossible to remove them. He did not discount suggestions that they may have to be burned where they lie. “It would be one of the options open to them I’d say. I personally feel that you couldn’t get a digger, …

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Reward offered for conviction in Doonbeg animal deaths

A €5,000 reward has been put forward by animal rights group, ARAN for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of animals found at the base of cliffs in Doonbeg. Carcasses of at least 16 animals, including horses and cows, were discovered at the base of Baltard Cliffs earlier this week leading Clare ISPCA warden, Frankie Coote to describe the incident “as sinister”. The carcasses, believed to have been at the base of the cliffs for up to two months, were spotted by a passerby. The Department of Agriculture along with An Garda Siochana, Clare County Council and the ISPCA are investigating. ARAN’s spokesperson John Carmody said, “. As a nation we should hang our heads in shame that we’ve reached a point where animal abuse has now gone so out of control that those who are involved in it, simply don’t have anything to fear.” However, Minister for  Agriculture, Food …

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