Jess the sheepdog and lambs ‘hijacked’ outside petrol station found safe in Clogh
A SHEEPDOG who was in a Jeep that was stolen along with a trailer-full of lambs outside a filling station has been found safe in the Clogh area of county Kilkenny.
The incident occurred just moments after farmer James Kealy stopped at a filling station in Graiguecullen, Carlow at 4pm yesterday.
When he came outside he was shocked to discover someone had made off with his 2009-registered Ford Ranger Wildtrack and trailer, along with his beloved sheepdog Jess (pictured above) and 60 lambs.
After a public appeal, gardai today confirmed Jess and most of the lambs have been found safe and well.
A post on the Garda Kilkenny/Carlow Facebook page said: “Jess has been located in the Clogh area of Co Kilkenny. Most of lambs located in the Swan, Co Laois/Clogh area but there are still a few missing. Any information to Carlow Garda Station 0599136620 or Kilkenny 0567775000. Thank you.”
Mr Kealy (51), from Stradbally, Co Laois, earlier said he paying for diesel at the station at around 4pm when his vehicle and animals were stolen.
“My life is the jeep, my office is the jeep, I’m a farmer, everything is the jeep,” he said.
“The sheepdog was in the jeep, she’s eight or nine years old. At this stage I’d probably miss the dog more than I’d miss the sheep.”