An anti-animal cruelty campaign group is trying to figure out how two drowned pups came to be washed up on the banks of the River Foyle, speculating they may have been thrown from the Foyle Bridge.
Northern Ireland Says No To Animal Cruelty (NISNTAC), which has been campaigning for tougher sentences for those convicted of neglect and cruelty for the past two years, said it received details of the drownings from a passer-by.
Nicola Mulholland, from NISNTAC, said: “We received these photos [above] during the week, which show pups that were washed up on the river bank under the Foyle Bridge in Derry/Londonderry.”
Ms. Mulholland suggested the dogs may have been thrown to their deaths from the bridge above.
“The most likely scenario being that these pups were thrown to their deaths from the bridge to die in the river below,” she stated.
Despite this speculation what exactly happened to the pups remains a mystery.
But NISNTAC wants anyone with information about the dog deaths to get in touch.
The group said the prospect that the dog drownings were deliberate was appalling.
“They did not have the right to end the lives of these dogs. They did not have the right to end their lives in the prolonged, painful way they did.
“If anyone has any information as to who could be responsible for this cruelty, please get in contact,” the group said.
The group received the photos in the week ending March 5.
The group can be reached via email email@example.com; on Twitter @NISNTAC; and on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NISNTAC/