Members of Listowel Coursing Club were left outraged after a number of videos went ‘viral’ on social media at the weekend showing people releasing an unmuzzzled dog after a live hare on the club’s grounds.
he people were trespassing on the Club’s grounds and have nothing whatsoever to do with coursing in Listowel, a spokesperson for the Club told The Kerryman this week.
He said that the scenes left members deeply sickened and upset.
The matter is now under investigation by the gardaí after the Club reported it on Monday morning – hours after the chilling scenes went viral on social media in North Kerry.
In one of the videos, a man who is clearly identifiable in profile, is seen throwing a hare onto the track at the club before a second person, out of shot, releases the unmuzzled hound after the terrified creature.
The eight-second video seen by The Kerrman ends just as it appears that the dog rounds on its quarry. Meanwhile, a second video from the same Tik-Tok user appears to show the same dog with the message ‘hes [sic] 5 months old and he got a good Kill to night [sic] 3runs one kill and hes only 6 months old’.
It is accompanied by a techno backing track that starts with children’s voices saying ‘I’m proud to be a Catholic. Up the Ra.’
The sick videos left Coursing Club members in Listowel deeply angry.
“It’s very upsetting for everyone in the Club,” one stalwart told The Kerryman.
“There hasn’t been any killing in coursing for the last 20 years with dogs required by law to be muzzled at all times.
“It’s desperate carry-on but these kind of people should be brought to account for their actions. It’s as simple as that. They are getting brazen now, putting things like this up on the internet and showing fellas they couldn’t care less about any response.”
An officer at the Club said they would be assisting gardaí in their investigation of the matter. “One hundred per cent,” they said.