A couple of hikers who rescued a missing dog while out for a walk have been reported to police for violating lockdown rules. Gardai asked about the lodge the couple was staying at.
Ciara Nolan and Jean Francois Bonnet came across the Golden Retriever on February 6 in the Wicklow Mountains on Ireland’s east coast.
They found Neesha near the summit. Jean picked her up and carried her back to safety.
And after Neesha was reported missing two weeks earlier, she has now been reunited with her owners.
Ciara recorded footage of the rescue and Jean posted them on his TikTok channel the next day.
Jean said, “She was near the summit, covered in snow, freezing cold, couldn’t stand or bark, and had wounds on her legs.”
She added, “We put our spare clothes on for her and carried her about 10 kilometers down the mountain.”
According to RTE News, Neesha was out with its owners and another pet in the area when it ran away to hunt a deer.
Although they returned the next day to see if they could find her, there was no sign of neesha anywhere, and it is a mystery how she managed to survive on her own for so long.
Owner Irena said: “Maybe she has some protection in the forest, I just don’t know.”
Photo credit: Ciara Nolan via Storyful
Ciara and Jean, who both work as doctors, stayed at the Elbowroom Escape Lodge in Donard on the hike.
The Irish Independent reports that in response to the viral video, a member of the public contacted the police and asked if the couple – who are from Arklow, Co. Wicklow, about an hour’s drive from the lodge – had followed the Irish lockdown rules that were People prevented from doing so 3 miles from their home without a reasonable excuse.
Lisa Wilkinson, director of Elbowroom Escape, reported to the same publication that the lodge was operating as a mental health retreat for key workers and stopped operating because “housing funds were depleted as we were working at a loss “.
She said: “We made ourselves available to several local hospitals several times during the pandemic to accommodate key workers who had to isolate themselves from families or other strategic reasons to help run the hospital. The Elbowroom Escape is for guests up to Travel restrictions will be lifted. “
A press secretary told Dublin Live: “Gardai in Wicklow is conducting investigations into premises in the Donard area of Wicklow.
“The premises in question will remain closed until the result of the Garda investigation.
“The Health Act of 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 10) of Ordinance 2020 in the currently valid version is currently in force.
“An Garda Síochána has and will support the public health guidelines and regulations of Covid-19 and will continue to adopt a tiered police response based on its tradition of consensual policing. This has led Gardaí to become involved, educated, encouraged and last resort, prevail.
“Whenever Gardai detects potential violations of public health regulations, a file is created for the DPP or a fixed payment notification is issued, if necessary.”