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The ISPCA welcomes the first custodial sentence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013

The ISPCA welcomes the first custodial sentence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) on Friday 1st December 2017 in Ballyshannon District Court, Donegal and congratulates the Gardaí for presenting the case for prosecution.

The case related to a vicious assault on a defenceless 11-year-old dog called Milly, who was attacked by a 53-year-old father of one during an angry exchange with the pet’s 73-year-old owner and his son.

The vet fought for nine days in a desperate attempt to save Milly. He was up night and day caring for her but unfortunately he was unable to save her.

The vet’s report confirmed that Milly died of sudden and severe trauma probably caused by a kick.

ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley said: “To lose a family pet from natural circumstances can be heart-breaking, but to lose a pet in these circumstances must be devastating.”

"This sentence sends out a very clear message that animal abuse will not be tolerated. We congratulate the Gardai for their action in bringing this case to its conclusion.”

Judge Kevin Kilrane imposed a one-month sentence for cruelty and causing unnecessary harm to the dog that took place last February.

The introduction of the Act gives judges more stringent sanctions against animal cruelty – increasing penalties from a fine of €1,907 and/or six months to €5,000 and/or six months.

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