A Pug has been named after the two-year-old who died after being left in a car.
The toddler was left in the back of the car in Dundalk, Co Donegal, last Friday when it had been stopped at a traffic light.
It is understood that Pugs were not allowed in the car.
He was pronounced dead by a garda.
Pugs had Down syndrome.
His parents are in court today charged with failing to prevent the death.
Pogs owner Stephen O’Reilly said he would take legal action against the gardaí.
Mr O’ Reilly said his son was a “brilliant little boy” who was always smiling and playful.
PUGS’ PROBLEM Pugs have a condition called Down syndrome which means they have an extra copy of the copy of chromosome 14 on their chromosome.
The condition affects about 10 per cent of the population and can affect their behaviour, language and personality.
Down syndrome is extremely rare, with the last case reported in 2000.
Pug owner Stephen said his first thought when he heard the news of the toddler’s death was how lucky his family was to have Pugs.
He said the family’s insurance company, Lendlease, has been contacted and will investigate.
Mr Reilly said Pugs are very affectionate and they were always playing in the park.
The Pugs’ owners plan to hold a “pug reunion” on Saturday to mark the end of the week.
Mr McPherson said it is “a very sad day” for him and his family.
“The family is grieving, we all are,” he said.
“We just want to know where the dog went and why it went off the road.”