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Cork Man pleads guilty to offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act

A Cork man was fined €500 and ordered to pay €750 in costs after admitting offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act at Mallow District Court on Tuesday 22nd March.

The case resulted from a visit made to the property by ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan on 20th February 2015 when she found a number of dogs which were malnourished and living in filthy conditions.

Four husky puppies were confined to a filthy pen, covered in faeces and urine with no access to food or water, or to clean dry bedding.  A young female husky dog was tied by a chain in a disused building. She was also covered in faeces and urine and was living in a very dark area with no food or water available.

Inspector O’Donovan seized the dogs and brought them to a veterinary hospital for urgent assessment.  The four puppies were extremely lethargic and one remained in a critical condition for a number of days.  The female dog was examined and found to be severely dehydrated. This was extremely dangerous as she was in the final stages of pregnancy and produced six puppies within five days of her rescue. All dogs were subsequently surrendered to the care of the ISPCA for rehabilitation and rehoming.

ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said: “This case sends out a very clear message that animal cruelty is unacceptable. It also shows the effectiveness of the Animal Health and Welfare Act, allowing immediate intervention by an Authorised Officer where necessary. Thankfully all of the animals removed made full recoveries and were responsibly rehomed”.

Members of the public should report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report in confidence via the online cruelty complaint form here.

Rescues like these are only possible with your continued support. You can help by making a donation to the ISPCA, joining Team ISPCA for the 2016 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon or by supporting the amazing and dedicated ladies who run, jog, walk and crawl for the animals in our care. You can find Team ISPCA fundraising pages on Everyday Hero here.

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