Jeep used to kill cattle found burnt out in Kilkenny

A jeep which was used to hit a number of cattle, resulting in the death of two of them, has been found burnt out on the outskirts of Kilkenny city, according to a local publication, the Kilkenny People.

The incident took place late Thursday night or in the early hours of Friday morning, July 14, in a field close to Cannafahy, near Callan, Co. Kilkenny, An Garda Siochana has confirmed.

Apparently, the vehicle was intentionally driven at the cattle in the field, hitting several of them; a local farmer found one animal dead with another needing to be put down due to the extent of its injuries.

A number of other injured cattle were found, with some injuries described as serious. Several of the animals also escaped onto the road, according to local radio station, KCLR 96fm

According to the Gardai, tyre tracks were found at the scene and an electric fence was found disturbed. Gardai are treating the incident as “a case of animal cruelty”, describing the case as “extremely serious“, according to KCLR. The Gardai have issued an appeal for information in relation to the incident.

Rural Crime

Meanwhile, in Bagenalstown in neighbouring Co. Carlow, a number of items were stolen from a shed on Friday, July 14, KCLR has reported. Investigating Gardai have warned people to keep their sheds locked and protected when they are not at home.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that – on average – farmers are willing to take a ‘financial hit’ of €1,711 rather than report an incident of theft.

That was according to the results of an agricultural crime survey carried out by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA), in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).