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Carlow man pays €5,000 in costs and €1,000 donation after admitting cruelty to dogs

At Kilkenny District Court on Tuesday 18th August 2015, a 47 year old farmer, paid €5,000 in costs and showed that he had donated €1,000 to the Kilkenny SPCA after he had admitted cruelty to a number of Collie dogs at a recent court sitting.

The case related to visits made to man from Borris, Co. Carlow by officials of the ISPCA in April and May 2014, when a number of Collie dogs were found living in poor conditions.

On one occasion ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling found a Collie female with three very young puppies. As she was on a chain about 15 inches in length she could not reach two of the puppies which were cold to the touch.

ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling seized the female dog and puppies immediately and took them to a place of safety. The mother and puppies were rehabilitated and rehomed but not all had been so lucky. Under interview, the farmer admitted that there had originally been seven pups in the litter, four of which had died.

The accused pled guilty on seven summonses with the offences including causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs, failing to provide sufficient food and water and failing to comply with a requirement of an authorised officer.

Inspector Dowling said: “This case came about soon after the commencement of the Animal Health and Welfare Act and demonstrated its benefits. With our authorised status we were able to act quickly to help the vulnerable puppies and offences were proven which would not have been crimes under the old legislation”.

If you suspect an animal is being cruelly treated, neglected or abused, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online on http://www.ispca.ie/if_you_suspect_animal_cruelty/

Each year the ISPCA rescues animals that are subjected to terrible injuries and we need your help to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming them. The ISPCA is a not for profit organisations and is in receipt of only 10% government funding annually. Please support our work to make a donation here. 

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