The man who rescued his dog from a slaughterhouse was told to “stay out of this country”.
The dog’s owner, Mark Tully, from Dublin, was told by the Cork County Council that he was in breach of his “duty of care” and must leave Ireland.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week with Sean O’Rourke, Mr Tully said he felt it was “a cruel and degrading punishment to be told to leave Ireland”.
“I was told that I should be at the door of the slaughterhouse and I was told not to come out.
I felt that it was cruel and it was degrading to be sent away.
I think that it should be a matter of the law to enforce the law in this country, so I felt it wasn’t right,” he said.”
I have been living with a dog for 15 years, I have not been out of the country in three years.”‘
It’s been an honour’Mr Tully is now considering legal action against the Cork city council.
“It’s an honour, a wonderful honour,” he told the programme.
“There is a huge amount of good that comes from animal welfare, but when people have a conscience it can lead to good.”
Animal welfare is a “key priority” for Cork City Council, he added.
“Animal welfare has been an area that we’ve had an enormous amount of engagement with in Cork in the past and we want to see that continue in the future.”
The city council’s Animal Welfare Officer is also in talks with Cork City Court.