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19 Aug 2022

Warning Graphic Images: Abandoned dog believed to be bait in Leitrim dog fighting ring

It is believed there is a dog fighting ring in operation in Leitrim after a young pooch  was found abandoned on the road with severe bite injuries last week.


Leitrim Animal Welfare informed the Leitrim Observer today (May 23) that their suspicions have been confirmed that there is at least one dog fighting ring in operation in the county. They are currently caring for Charlie, a one year old lurcher who was left to die on the side of the road last week after sustaining a number of severe bites.

Manager of Leitrim Animal Welfare Christine Coulson told the paper, the dog was found by a local woman outside Rooskey Village on the old Dublin road last Wednesday, May 16. She brought the badly injured dog to Ashwood Veterinary Centre, Mohill who did extensive work on the dog and kept him until Sunday, May 20.


Gardai have been informed and are investigating the situation.


Vet Joe Collins who tended to Charlie  agrees that the dog was most likely used as bait in a dog fight. In the vet’s report he outlined that Charlie was “emaciated” and had dozens of old (1-2 weeks old and some older than this) bite wounds all over his body.

Two abscesses had formed on the bites which have left  two large 3 cm deep open wounds

with deep muscle bundles exposed.


Charlie will require further daily treatment, he is on antibiotics and may even need further debridement under general anesthetic.


Christine Coulson said “this is the first time we have received a dog in this condition.” She said the dog was left on the side of the road and was lucky to be picked up by a passing woman. She said the Charlie is a “gentle dog” who has allowed his wounds to be cleaned without any fight back. “He has been through the wars, I believe he was used as bait several times in a dog fighting ring.”

Christine hopes the Garda investigation will figure out the culprits and that all of the community can work together to stomp out this crime.

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