Bessbrook family pet “may have to be put to sleep” after being mauled by Staffy

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Sinn Féin Councillor Declan Murphy has condemned what he described as “the irresponsibility of the owners of a Staffordshire terrier”, which mauled a small dog in a recent incident.

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The incident happened in the vicinity of Fr Cullen Park near Bessbrook.

The local Councillor told Newry Times,  “I share the outrage of the community at this vile act.



“A local man was walking his small family pet dog when it was attacked and seriously injured by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

“The distressed owner of the smaller family pet states that the owners of the Bull Terrier deliberately allowed their dog to attack his much smaller dog.

“The badly injured dog was taken to the vet and at present, the prognosis is rather bleak and the poor animal may have to be put to sleep.”



The Sinn Féin Councillor continued, “This was a traumatic incident for those involved.

“This is the second such attack within days where apparently the same dog was goaded by its owner to attack other people’s pets.

“There appears to be a small element within that area who have a wanton disregard for the health and safety of their neighbours and their pets.

“They must be challenged and I intend ensuring that all relevant agencies do their utmost to do just that.



“I, like all those I have talked to about this incident wish to get this animal off the streets before it maims again.

Councillor Murphy added, “I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with the Council’s Dog Warden or the Police.”


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