Couple who rescued Labrador are reported to the POLICE for ‘breaching lockdown rules’


Couple who rescued Labrador called Neesha from freezing mountain top after she was lost for two weeks are reported to the POLICE for ‘breaching lockdown rules’

  • Ciara Nolan and Jean-Francois Bonnet rescued eight-year-old Neesha the dog 
  • Neesha had been missing for two weeks and was found near Wicklow Mountains
  • Member of the public reported couple for breaching non-essential travel rules 

A heroic couple who rescued a missing dog that had been lost in snow-covered mountains for two weeks has been reported to the police for supposedly breaking lockdown rules.  

Ciara Nolan and Jean-Francois Bonnet found eight-year-old golden retriever Neesha near a summit in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland, on February 6.

They wrapped the dog, who had been reported missing two weeks earlier, in a coat before Jean carried her on his back for six miles to reach level ground. 

The pair, who are both doctors, then carried her ten kilometres back to safety

Ciara Nolan and Jean Francois Bonnet found the pooch, an eight-year-old golden retriever named Neesha, near the summit of a peak in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland, before carrying her back to safety

In the clip, recorded on February 6 and posted on TikTok the following day, Neesha can be seen dangling from a make-shift harness – created using a scarf – on Jean’s back as they make their way across the uneven terrain. 

After the video went viral a member of the public reported the couple for breaching non-essential travel rules, and the Gardai – Ireland’s police force – is now making enquiries.   

One of Neesha’s owners, Erina O’Shea Goetelen, said they had started to give up hope before Ciara and Jean stumbled across the pooch by chance.

After being reunited Erina took Neesha to the vets who said the family pet had lost a third of her body weight during the two weeks away from home.

After the video of the rescue went viral a member of the public reported the couple for breaching non-essential travel rules, and the Gardai - Ireland's police force - is now making enquiries

After the video of the rescue went viral a member of the public reported the couple for breaching non-essential travel rules, and the Gardai – Ireland’s police force – is now making enquiries 

The dog (pictured during the rescue) had been reported missing two weeks earlier after she ran off while chasing deer

The dog (pictured during the rescue) had been reported missing two weeks earlier after she ran off while chasing deer

She had also developed dermatitis – a skin irritation – but concluded that Neesha would soon be back to her usual self.  

A force spokesman told Dublin Live: ‘Gardai in Wicklow are carrying out enquiries in relation to premises in the Donard area of Wicklow.

‘The premises in question remain closed pending the outcome of the garda inquiry. 

‘The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.10) Regulations 2020, as amended, are currently in force.

‘In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines and regulations, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent. This has seen Gardaí engage, educate, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.

‘Where Gardai identify potential breaches of the public health regulations a file is prepared for the DPP in each case or a Fixed Payment Notice is issued where appropriate.’ 

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