Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council are currently investigating reports of a dog being shot on land at Bravallen Road, Ballymoney yesterday afternoon. A council spokesperson said “Council are aware of the incident and it is currently under investigation.”
It is understood the dog which was an English Bulldog died a short time later as a result of its injuries.
Details of the incident are still unclear at this stage but a spokesperson for Rose Park Farm hours after the incident took to social media and said :
“The safety of our customers is always our number one priority here at Rosepark Farm.
Today there was an incident involving a dog that strayed onto our property. Which ultimately resulted in one of our employees making a hard decision to ensure the safety of a number of families and infant children in that area.
We reported the incident to the relevant authorities straightaway and a thorough investigation is now ongoing.
Fortunately, none of our customers were physically injured, but this was understandably a very frightening incident.
We appreciate our loyal customer base and know that most, if not all of you, will disregard any false information being posted regarding this incident.
We look forward to welcoming you all with us very soon.
A PSNI spokesperson said “Police received a report that a dog had been shot on land at Bravallen Road, Ballymoney yesterday afternoon, Thursday 05 July. The matter is being progressed by the Council Dog Warden.”
Commenting on the incident, Councillor Darryl Wilson said ” I have been contacted by numerous people in relation to an incident which took place within my DEA yesterday. Local authorities including the PSNI and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council have procedures to investigate and ultimately deal with these types of incidents.
I would urge members of the public to allow the authorities to carry out their investigations before making potentially harmful and defamatory comments on social media towards any individuals or businesses . I have every faith in the policies and laws which are in place to protect people and animals within our Borough, we should allow the authorities to carry out their duties without prejudice or interference.”