Lisburn City Council and the police are carrying out investigations into the death of a dog, believed to have been knocked down, in Moira last Monday (January 19).
Meanwhile, police have denied reports the dog was left out in the cold, this following comments on social media that suggested the animal had in fact frozen to death.
A council spokesperson said the local authority was carrying out an investigation in its enforcement role under the Welfare of Animals (NI) Act 2011. Constable Michael Dinsmore from Moira Neighbourhood Policing Team said; “Police can confirm that a report was received in relation to this incident and this was passed to Lisburn City Council as the lead enforcement agency in relation to this matter.
“PSNI are aware of certain reports in social media that the dog was left outside and froze to death as a result.
“These reports are not true, as confirmed by Lisburn City Council ,who attended and dealt with the matter.
“If anyone has any information regarding the dog, which may have been knocked down.
“I can be contacted on the non-emergency number, 101.”
A Lisburn City Council spokespersonsaid: “We did receive a report from the PSNI regarding the death of a dog within the city on Monday, January 19.
“The Council is carrying out an investigation under its enforcement role of the Welfare of Animals (NI) Act 2011.
“Initial findings indicate that the dog died as a result of being knocked down and not as a result of the recent cold weather as is being reported through certain media channels.“No other dogs have been seized from the dog-owner.”