‘There is no excuse for this in 2016’

The sheep discovered dead on the Dungullion Road on Monday morning.
The sheep discovered dead on the Dungullion Road on Monday morning.

A Sinn Fein councillor has expressed concern after a dead sheep was found lying on a roadside outside Greysteel.

Councillor Dermot Nicholl described the incident, discovered at Dungullion Road off the Killylane Road on Monday, as “worrying”.

“This is the second time inside a month this has happened, and it’s worrying. I am absolutely disgusted another dead animal has been discovered on a local roadside,” said Colr. Nicholl.

“This road is located off the main Killylane Road and this would have been seen by quite a few people, including walkers.

“Whether this animal was knocked down, or it died and was dumped on the roadside, we don’t know as yet.

“However, it doesn’t make it right that an animal has been left abandoned on the roadside.

“There is absolutely no excuse, in this day and age, for an animal to be left along a road.”

Colr. Nicholl also made this appeal.

“I would urge anyone who knows anything about where this animal came from or their owner, to report it to the relevant authorities,” he said.

It is understood Causeway Coast & Glens Council Technical Services team in Limavady lifted the carcass on Monday to be disposed of.

Earlier in March, a sheep carcass was discovered by walkers along the Dunlade Road, close to its junction with the Coolagh Road in Greysteel, with its ear cut off to remove an identification tag.

“Whether this latest incident on the Dungullion Road was sinister or not, no animal deserves to be treated like that.

“There are reasons why animals have to be disposed of in the correct manner. When it’s done like this, it is dangerous.”

Colr. Nicholl also said fly tipping had become an issue. He urged people to refrain from dumping rubbish, and to use their bins and the local civic amenity facilities to dispose of rubbish.

“It’s hard to believe, despite everyonehaving Council bins, this type of activity is still going on,” said Colr. Nicholl.

“I have received various reports of rubbish strewn along the roads locally, and even wheelie bins being knocked over and into fields.

“I urge anyone who witnesses anyone dumping rubbish to contact the local Council.

It’s a disgrace people think it’s okay to fly tip.”