An animal welfare worker has painted a stark picture of violence and cruelty towards animals that means families in some parts of the city cannot be considered for pet re-homing as there is widespread anti-social behaviour in their area.
Caroline Faherty from Cork Animal Care Society has said that she received a report yesterday about two boys whose dog was attacking pets in the Farranree area of the city.
“We got a report from a lady that there were two young lads going around with a dog, and they were setting the dog on cats around the place.
“One poor little white cat almost got it, luckily it escaped from the dog and ran across the road.
She said she had her young son with her so she couldn’t start shouting and roaring at the lads.”
Speaking to PJ Coogan on 96 FM’s The Opinion Line, Caroline said incidents of this type “happen all the time,” and that the woman who reported the issue yesterday said that “the day beforehand the two boys were around and they were setting the dog on people as well.”
Caroline told listeners: “I know this has been happening in Ballyvolane, and it’s been happening in Mayfield recently as well where there are young fellas going around with dogs and they are setting the dogs on people’s cats.
“It happens all the time, it’s horrible, and they are doing it for baiting and blooding the dogs but people’s pets aren’t safe.”
Caroline said that the woman also called the Gardai, but that “we’ve so few Gardai in the city now that trying to get a Garda for anything is very difficult.”
One of the saddest aspects of this for Caroline is that other people in the area suffer as a result, and said that the Cork Animal Care Society don’t re-home cats to some areas as a result of the cruel behaviour of a few individuals.
“It’s terrible because we won’t re-home cats to certain parts of the city because of this kind of behaviour. You could meet the loveliest people, the loveliest families that you know would just be wonderful pet owners, but because of this behaviour we can’t re-home them – we are putting a cat’s life in danger if we do.
“We can’t rehome cats to places where they could be sitting outside, and the next minute a load of young fellas with a load of dogs and they are being set upon.
“It’s terrible for the lovely people who do live in these areas and who are wonderful pet owners,” she added.
Caroline also told of another recent incident where a friend’s cats had a lucky escape.
“I’ve a friend who lives in Mayfield and she was saying her cats were in her front garden the other day last week or the week before and there was a fella trying to get a dog into her garden and she came out of the front door and roared at him, and he took off.”
Caroline added that “it’s not the dog’s fault, they are being trained to do this.
“It’s these young fellas, they get some kind of sick thrill – and when you start off with small animals, where do you end up?”
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