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Limerick vets under threat from animal abuse gangsLimerick vets under threat from animal abuse gangs

first_imgPrint WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleLimerick heroin users milk city shops dry of yogurtNext articleTeenager jailed for beating horse to death Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch TAGSLimerick Animal WelfareLimerick city councilMusic Limerick Email Linkedincenter_img The Shetland pony that was kicked to deathA HORSE was left dying for over three hours beside a busy Limerick city roundabout after a vet was warned that he’d get a bullet in the head if he tried to help the suffering animal.The incident at the Groody roundabout in Castletroy was one of a series of reports of veterinary officers being threatened by gangs of aggressive young men when they’re called out to attend injured or neglected animals around the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meanwhile, a shetland pony was kicked to death by a gang of youths aged between 12 and 14 years of age on the Hyde Road at the weekend. Another pony suffered serious injuries during the incident and Gardai are now investigating the matter.Speaking at a city council meeting on the control of horses this Monday, Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) spokeswoman Marion Fitzgibbon said that call-outs to deal with abandoned animals had now become a “frightening” experience for veterinary officers.Referring to the incident at the Groody roundabout, Ms Fitzgibbon said the horse was left for three and a half hours dying on the roadside because the vet was abused and threatened.“These fellas were very aggressive and used abusive language. It was very sad. They told the vet that they would put a bullet in his head. This is the new horror we are facing.“It’s very frightening that professional people are being threatened like this. The Gardaí are always great to help us, and they want to help us, but their resources are stretched. These young people are full of drugs and other substances,” she claimed.The animal welfare spokeswoman told council members that LAW’s expenditure for 2013 was €500,000. That figure was likely to reach €600,000 this year, she said. Last month alone, the group’s expenditure on neglected animals was €68,000.“We have wonderful young volunteers but its very hard for them not to lose heart and to stay cheerful when they see these poor animals in great distress. It’s a disgrace the way horses are being treated.“People wouldn’t be so quick to abuse animals if there was a stronger deterrent. An unbelievable number of horses are being destroyed. We are coming across animals in an appalling condition,” Ms Fitzgibbon commented.She also recommended that sulky racing in Limerick should be banned.“These young fellas belting horses on their sulkies should be ashamed. We’ve seen animals who’ve suffered broken bones and terrible lacerations from this activity,” she said. Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Advertisement Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ NewsLocal NewsLimerick vets under threat from animal abuse gangsBy Alan Jacques – April 10, 2014 2430 Struggling against the tide of animal abuselast_img read more

DNA found on a curtain pole an 83-year-old woman had used to fight off…DNA found on a curtain pole an 83-year-old woman had used to fight off…

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal DNA found on a curtain pole an 83-year-old woman had used to fight off an intruder RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Derry Crown Court heard today that a sample of DNA belonging to the accused was found on a curtain pole an 83-year-old woman had used to fight off an intruder who had forced his way into her Derry home.Before the court is 50-year-old Thomas Burke of Eglinton Terrace who is charged with robbing the woman at her home on May 20 last year.A forensic scientist Mr. Lawrence Marshall told the court how he scientifically examined the curtain pole and found what he described as ‘a mix sample’ on the hook end of the pole.He said the sample indicated the DNA of the woman who owned the house, Burke and another unidentified one.Under cross examination by Mr.Brian McCartney QC the scientist accepted that there could be cross contamination or secondary contamination.He was asked was it possible that the sample could be on the pole through other means other than direct contact and he said it was possible but that it required numerous interferences.Earlier the jury of 8 women and 4 men heard how the woman had tried to fight off the intruder who stole money from her and how he had hit her in the face causing her hearing aid to fall out.The case continues News Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleDonegal Creameries says 2009 was positiveNext articleIrish Government breaking EU Law in applying VRT to cars imported across border News Highland Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter By News Highland – April 23, 2010 Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Indiana police officer killed in high-speed chaseIndiana police officer killed in high-speed chase

first_imgBenjamin Eads, of Freedom, Ind., is pictured in this mugshot. Credit: Indiana State Police(CHARLESTOWN, Ind.) — A police officer in southeastern Indiana was killed in a high-speed chase Wednesday night, authorities said.The pursuit began in Clark County when Sgt. Benton Bertram of the Charlestown Police Department attempted to pull over a teal colored 1998 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation on Indiana State Road 3. The driver sped off and fled into neighboring Scott County.As Bertram chased the car and approached the intersection with Indiana State Road 56 east of Scottsburg, the officer lost control of his vehicle, driving off the roadway and hitting a tree in the front yard of a nearby residence. Bertram, 35, died at the scene of the crash, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police.He was a nine-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department.“Charlestown suffered a great loss last evening of one its police officers in the line duty,” Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall said in a statement on Facebook early Thursday morning. “We have a small close knit department and it is like losing one of our family.”Authorities later located the driver of the car that Bertram was pursuing, identified as 35-year-old Benjamin Eads of Freedom, Indiana. He was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and auto theft. He was being held at the Scott County Jail, police said.Indiana State Road 56 remained closed until 4:30 a.m. local time Thursday as investigators remained on scene, trying to reconstruct the crash.“At this time, the crash and pursuit are still under investigation,” Sgt. Carey Huls of the Indiana State Police said in a press release Thursday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Snowpack doubles at tree-line with new snowfallSnowpack doubles at tree-line with new snowfall

first_imgThe tree-line snowpack has doubled in the Kootenay Pass area over the last two days as 45 centimetres of new snow has fallen, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre on Sunday. Throughout the region, treeline snowpack depths are generally 60 to 100 cm., depending on wind-loading. A buried crust approximately 15 to 20 cm. above the ground has produced variable results with snowpack tests, but is generally gaining strength. Recent moderate ridge-top winds formed soft wind slabs on the leeward side of ridge crests and terrain features. Wind slabs are probably primed for human-triggering on uniform lee ridge-top slopes and in cross-loaded gullies. New snow was sluffing with human-triggers on steeper terrain, according to a report from Matt Peter on Sunday, Nov. 21. As a result, confidence in the backcountry snowpack is rated at fair. Many tree-line and alpine areas are at threshold snow depths for avalanches, however, little field data is available. If you are an early season enthusiast, send the Canadian Avalanche Centre an email or give them a call to let them know what you saw in the mountains: [email protected] or 250-837-2141 ext 230. Other sources: Avalanche course information for sledders is found at: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/community/sled Some general backcountry notes: Slopes with the best riding are also the most avalanche-prone. Watch for isolated slabs on smooth ground and use extra caution around locally deep pockets of wind-transported snow down-wind of terrain features and in gullies. Avoid exposure to terrain traps whenever possible. They are a significant and often overlooked hazard. Managing risk through route finding requires a good understanding of terrain traps and how they can magnify the consequences of an avalanche. At lower elevations, watch out for poorly buried rocks, stumps, logs, and other early season hazards. Source: Canadian Avalanche Centrelast_img read more