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Animal carcass dumped in drinking water supply

February 25, 2013

The latest case of an animal carcass being dumped in local water supply has sparked outrage among the local community and prompted Sinn Fein Councillor Terry Hearty to condemn the perpetrators as “utterly reprehensible.”

Mr Hearty expressed his disgust after the discovery of a rotting cow carcass in Lough Ross last week.   The disturbing find follows a similar incident last month when the carcasses of two cows were found dumped in Creggan River, along a stretch of the river popular with walkers in the Poet’s Glen.

Commenting on the latest incident, Councillor Hearty said,

“I am absolutely appalled and disgusted that somebody could stoop so low as to dump an animal in our drinking water supply at Lough Ross” said Councillor Hearty,

“To think that somebody would risk poisoning the main water source for all of south Armagh, just to save themselves the fee for having an animal carcass disposed of, is utterly reprehensible.

“This act shows nothing but contempt for the people of south Armagh. Whoever is responsible for this has put our community, our children and quite possibly their own family at risk.

“This is the only water amenity we have in the area and as such it is a popular place for young and old. Children enjoy playing here and feeding the ducks while others enjoy picnics and walks and the last thing they want to see is the rotting carcass of an animal.

“I would encourage anyone with any information on this despicable act to pass it on to DARD or Environmental Health in the council without hesitation. If people would prefer they can contact me and I will pass the information on.

“We cannot allow thoughtless individuals to risk the safety of the very water we drink.  They must be stopped and a message sent out that this type of behaviour will not be accepted.”

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