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The HSE West has reiterated its appeal to parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against measles in the wake of an outbreak of the condition in Co Galway towards the end of last year.
Deer numbers have soared thanks to a series of mild winters, tree planting schemes, and an absence of natural predators. They are thought to be at their highest level for years. But farmers have warned that they are wreaking havoc in many areas, especially in the Partry and Tourmakeady areas, destroying woodland, crops, even gardens, and also causing a danger to motorists on the roads. Despite more than 20,000 deer being legally hunted each year, experts believe there could be five times as many around the country.
A man has been remanded in custody to appear before Kilkenny District Court next month on charges of cruelty to animals.
Some 6,000 calves born on farms in Mayo die before they reach six weeks of age, according to official figures from the Department of Agriculture.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has called on pet owners to be particularly vigilant of their animals during the current cold snap to avoid cases of unnecessary suffering. The ISPCA has witnessed many cases of neglect and cruelty in recent weeks due to the adverse weather conditions and it is offering advice to people to ensure animals are not placed at risk.
A dystopian world where vampires have taken over and the remaining humans are hunted down and farmed like animals seems like the perfect recipe for a fangtastic blockbuster, but sadly the Spierig brothers’ direction got lost in the gore, leaving just a bloody, and at times laughable, mess in its wake.
Mayo SPCA urgently needs caring homes for dogs, mostly rescued over the holiday period. Details/photos of other animals in care can be seen on the website www.mayospca.com. Those shown here are just a small sample of those in need.
A woman who, while nearly three times over the blood alcohol limit crashed into the back of a car causing a “knock-on” effect, received a five month suspended sentence and a six year disqualification from driving at Galway District Court last Monday.
Visitors are being warned to stay away from St Vincent’s Care Centre in Athlone, due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.