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Body of calf dumped at Co Down roadside in plastic bag

By Linda Stewart

Published 12/03/2016

MLA Gordon Dunne
MLA Gordon Dunne

A dead calf has been dumped at the side of a Co Down road in an area popular with walkers.

The animal, thought to be just days old, was found on Thursday by a local resident walking near Ballysallagh Reservoir.

After the local council and police were notified, the remains were taken away for disposal.

North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne said he was shocked by the discovery but added that such an incident was incredibly rare, saying that it cost only £25 to correctly dispose of a calf carcass.

"The Friesian calf, which was probably just days old, was dumped on the side of the road in a black plastic bag on a rural road close to the Ballysallagh Reservoir," Mr Dunne said.

"It's important to stress that this is not common practice.

"We all appreciate farming is going through a difficult time at present, and I know farmers carry out their business in a responsible manner and do not dispose of their dead animals in such an unauthorised manner."

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