M3 collision: Five dogs killed on motorway collision
Sheetal Sukhija - Friday 9th February, 2018
A number of car were involved in the collision with the dogs
Five hunting dogs were killed and one car was damaged
A number of hours ran onto the M3 motorway
DUBLIN, Ireland - Five hunting hounds are said to have escaped onto the M3 motorway and were involved in a crash.
According to reports, a number of cars were involved in the collision with the dogs that left all the five dogs killed and one car was damaged.
It is believed the hounds were part of a hunt that was taking place nearby and later dash cam footage was released online, showing a number of dogs running loose on the motorway in traffic near Dunshaughlin.
Gardai launched an investigation and confirmed that at least five dogs were on the motorway.
A garda spokesman said in a statement, "Gardai in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath are investigating a road traffic collision that occurred on the M3 at Skreen Dunshaughlin on the 5 of February 2018 at approximately 3.20pm. It involved a number of cars and up to 5 dogs that were on the road, all 5 dogs were killed. No one was injured in the collision."
A report in the Meath Chronicle quoted Janet Williamson, secretary of the Meath Hunt as saying that “the group has road marshals and people on foot, keeping the hounds away from the motorway and in the nearby fields, but on this occasion, they got away too fast and their staff found it too difficult to capture them.”
She reportedly added, “The Meath Hunt is indemnified against any incident like this and any damaged vehicle will be repaired and looked after. Our hounds are looked after well by a whole team of experienced staff and nobody wants to see this kind of thing happen. We are cooperating with the gardai.”
According to the report, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports has said it is lodging a formal complaint with the gardaí and is calling for a full investigation into the incident.
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