Newspaper for Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Newry and Down.

£500 reward offered in hunt for puppy killers

The USPCA has offered a £500 reward to find those responsible for the death of a three week old puppy, which was discovered tied up inside a plastic bag and discarded at the side of a road in Bessbrook.

The discovery was made on Sunday night (October 21st) by three teenagers who were walking along the Green Road when they heard an animal whimpering.  Searching the hedgerow, they found the freezing and terrified animal, trapped in a securely fastened plastic bag.

The uncle of one of the boys explained how his nephew had alerted his mother, who wrapped the pup in towels and tried to keep it warm under her coat before calling the USPCA.  Volunteers from the charity opened their animal hospital in Carnbane in Newry to treat the puppy but despite the best efforts of vet, Andrew Groves, the tiny animal died while at the facility.

The animal welfare charity subsequently offered a reward “or information “that leads to a conviction”, saying it was offering the £500 cash “in order to apprehend those responsible for this cruel act on a three-week-old puppy”.

A spokesperson for the charity said the tiny puppy had perished through “wanton neglect”, adding that the three week old was “probably the weakling of a litter and of no value,” and was just “discarded in a sealed bag”.

The incident is the latest in a string of sickening acts of animal cruelty that have occurred throughout the area over the last year.  The USPCA offered the same reward in August last year after the decomposed body of a terrier which had been weighted down with a brick and had a rope tied around its neck was discovered after being dumped in Newry Canal.

In August this year, a kitten was killed after it was flung from a moving car into incoming traffic, yards away from the USPCA Animal Hospital – just a month after another kitten was killed in a similar manner on the Newry to Omeath road.