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ISPCA Welcomes Lifetime Ban From Keeping Dogs

A Carlow woman was today disqualified from keeping dogs for life having been convicted of cruelly ill-treating 3 Pit Bull Terrier dogs. Lisa O’Gorman, 26, was found guilty of animal cruelty at Carlow District Court in her absence having failed to appear on two consecutive days. She was also fined €500 and ordered to pay the ISPCA €530 in costs.

The case resulted from a visit made to number 5 Burrin Manor, Carlow on Thursday 27th May 2010 by ISPCA Inspector Brendan Hughes accompanied by Gardai.  Ms. O’Gorman had three Pit Bull Terrier Dogs named “Mitzy”, “Pebbles” and “Bazer”.

All of the dogs were underweight and had a severe skin infection resulting in extensive hair loss and raw, broken skin. They also had overgrown nails, pressure sores and lesions. The two female dogs had recently reared litters of puppies.

Rescued pit bull terrier

The dogs were initially removed to a local veterinary surgeon before being transferred to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford. Unfortunately, Mitzy’s condition was too severe and she was humanely euthanized on veterinary advice. Pebbles and Bazer went on to make full recoveries and were successfully re-homed.

Inspector Hughes commented “We are pleased that this case has finally been brought to a successful conclusion and particularly welcome the ban that was imposed. The dogs involved had various issues and would have been suffering terribly as a result. The irritation that must be caused by such a severe skin condition is unimaginable”.

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