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12th May 2023

DSPCA urges families to remove goal posts from gardens each night amid rise in injuries

Sophie Collins

“Wild animals are getting caught and tangled in the nets”

The DSPCA has issued a warning to home owners amid a rise in overnight injuries with wild animals.

The Dublin-based charity says football goals are becoming an issue, and more and more animals are being found tangled in the net.

Over the past few weeks, several animals like hedgehogs, foxes, and even large birds, have been injured by footballs nets and washing lines that are left out while not in use.

A spokesperson for the DSPCA, Gillian Bird, said that animal’s lives will be saved if people – including schools and football teams – bring their nets inside when they’re not using them.

Ms. Bird went on to say that when an animal become stuck in these nets, they have to be cut free – meaning the actual goal will be ruined anyway, so bringing them inside at night will save families having to replace them.

She said: “What’s happening is that wild animals are getting caught and tangled in the nets.

ā€œWe’ve had quite a few cases recently with hedgehogs and foxes getting caught in them.

ā€œWe even had a seagull getting caught in a clothesline the other day.

“Please don’t leave nets out on goalposts overnight.

ā€œIf kids aren’t going to be playing football, take them in, because it will save lives.”

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