The graphic scene was filmed as part of the programme ‘TV 50 Terminus Gola Island’ which was shown on Tuesday evening.
The television programme shows a family leaving Gola Island and then apparently tying the dog’s legs together before throwing it overboard and watching it drown.
The film scene has caused uproar among the Donegal public.
Drumkeen-based farmer Gerard Gallagher contacted Donegaldaily.com to express his disgust at the showing of the film.
Mr Gallagher said that although the programme was shown after the watershed, he often records films related to Donegal to show his children.
He told donegaldaily.com: “As a family that has a dog, my children would have been horrified had they viewed this.
“No matter how desperate the position these people of Gola found themselves in, it most certainly did not justify this act of indifferent cruelty.
“I am a farmer, and we would never resort to these extremes with an animal, and they are treated with the respect they deserve,” he said.
Mr Gallagher said he was particularly annoyed with RTE that they did not view or deem it right to edit the scene.
He has written to a number of RTE personnel including Pat Kenny, Derek Mooney and Joe Duffy.
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