The couple who had rescued an eight-year-old pup lost in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland, has been reported to the police for breaking the 5 km limit lockdown rule. Ciara Nolan and Jean-Francois Bonnet, both doctors, had found a dog named Neesha lost in the snow-clad mountains for two weeks and carried her on their back for six miles to bring her back home on February 6.
Jean carried the wrapped freezing dog in a jacket that had developed dermatitis -- a skin irritation -- and returned to her original owners. The act was shared on TikTok which went viral and people thanked the couple for saving the dog’s life. However, a member of the public has reported the couple for breaching the non-essential travel rules and the police are making enquiries into the lodge’s operations where the couple was staying.
As perDublin Live, the couple was staying at the Elbowroom Escape lodge in Donard, Co Wicklow at that time where the lodge had offered ‘mental health breaks’ to frontline workers on its Instagram page. A spokesperson of Garda in conversation withDunlin Livesaid that they are carrying out inquiries in relation to premises in the Donard area of Wicklow. The lodge will remain closed until the outcome of the police inquiry has been reached.
He adds The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.10) Regulations 2020, as amended, are currently in force. Following the COVOD-19 public health guidelines and regulations, the spokesperson notes that An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt ‘a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent'. "The police engages, educates, encourages and as a last resort, enforces," he stated.
When the Gardai identifies a potential breach of the public health regulation, a file is prepared for the DPP in each case or a Fixed Payment Notice is issued where appropriate.
Neesha, the golden retriever wasloston January 23 while on a hike on Lugnaquilla, the highest peak in all of Leinster, with her owners.
The couple found her ‘curled up against a rock’, too cold to bark or stand, and brought the poor pup to their house where they treated her cuts and prescribed some antibiotics. A few days after, Neesha was united with her owners.