Concern has been raised after two separate reports of children mistreating animals in Clare in recent days.
In one case, three young boys hitting ponies with sticks while a second incident involved cats.
Cases of animal cruelty are increasingly common in the lead-up to Halloween in particular.
Clare County Dog Warden Frankie Coote is urging parents to speak to their children and says cases like this will not be tolerated.
You can listen back to Frankie speaking to Clare FM’s Morning Focus here.