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29th Mar 2022

Gardaí investigating after “gruesome” discovery of decapitated dog in Dublin

Laura Grainger

“It is a disgraceful way to treat any animal.”

Gardaí are investigating the “gruesome” death of a dog after its decapitated body was discovered in South Dublin.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) received a call from a member of the public on Monday informing them of a dog’s body that had been dumped in a bin shed beside apartments.

The animal’s remains were transferred to the DSPCA Shelter in Rathfarnham to be examined by the organisation’s veterinary team.

A cause of death has not yet been determined but the dog is believed to have been dead for no more than two days.

The DSPCA and Gardaí at Clondalkin Garda Station have launched an investigation into the animal’s death and are appealing to the public for information.

“We know that the animal was not killed or decapitated at the place it was found and there is evidence that it was brought there in a vehicle and dragged a short distance to where it was dumped,” a spokesperson for the DSPCA said.

“We really need to find out what happened to this poor animal. It is a disgraceful way to treat any animal and the fact that its head is missing is even more disturbing.”

The dog is described as being a “large, tan male” and an “un-neutered bull terrier type”. A microchip was found during the veterinary examination, which the DSPCA hope will assist the investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the DSPCA Inspectors at 01 4994727 or Clondalkin Garda Station.