Doctor couple who rescued freezing lost dog reported for breaching Covid-19 lockdown guidelines

A couple who rescued an eight-year-old lost pup in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland have been reported to the police for breaking the 5km 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.

Neesha, the golden retriever was lost on 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.

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 per Dublin 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.

The police are now carrying out inquiries in relation to premises for breaching non-essential travel rules. The lodge where the couple were staying was ordered to remain closed until the outcome of the police inquiry is reached.

Ireland is currently under a lockdown level 5 – meaning all schools remain closed; non-essential retail and services follow a curfew timings; people must remain home except for essential purposes, but would be allowed to exercise within 5km of home.

The fine for breaching lockdown guidelines could be anywhere up to EUR €2,500.