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A dog was discovered in Ballyarnett Country Park

Niamh CampbellBelfast Telegraph

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A 29-year-old man has actually been detained on suspicion of animal ruthlessness following a report of a dog that was discovered hurt and partly buried in Derry on Wednesday.

The PSNI’s Inspector Kyle Rowntree said: “On Thursday 16th March, officers likewise carried out a search under warrant at a property in the Carnhill location. Three dogs were eliminated and positioned into the suitable look after their wellness.

“Enquiries are continuing and authorities wants to thank the regional neighborhood for their help in relation to this examination.”

An event at Ballyarnett Country Park was reported to authorities at around 5.00pm on March 15, with a member of the general public suggesting the dog lay around 10 feet far from a path resulting in Cornshell Fields.

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The member of the general public took the dog to a veterinary practice for treatment. However, the dog was later on put down.

Derry-based family pet charity Pet FBI Rescue said the dog had actually been consistently beaten with rocks and had actually more rocks put on top of it.

“She continual mental retardation, damaged ribs and a collapsed lung among others of the dreadful injuries caused,” they said.

“This soul’s suffering was ended [on Thursday] and she was humanely put to sleep when the vet team determined she was too far gone and she passed away in the arms of our volunteer.”

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Inspector Rowntree added: “A man was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty offences and is currently in police custody.

“Enquiries are continuing and we continue to appeal for information in relation to this investigation. Anyone who can help with the investigation should contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1530 15/03/23. You can submit a report online to us via or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at .”

It follows animal rescue centres alerted previously this year that they were ‘afraid to lift the phone’ due to a rise in family pets being abandoned.

USPCA chief running officer Colleen Tinnelly alerted that the variety of animals being rehomed looked set to increase versus the background of the cost-of-living crisis.

“We are definitely seeing a rise in the number of animals being abandoned, this is one of the busiest years we have had,” she said.

“We are concerned that the number of animals coming into us will increase further as the cost-of-living crisis gets worse and more people struggle to afford to look after their pets.”

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