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Graiguecullen man convicted of neglecting a dog

On 2nd February 2017 in Carlow District Court a man with an addres in Graiguecullen, Co. Carlow was convicted of neglecting a dog and fined €250 and ordered to pay €2250 in costs.

The case related to a visit made by ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling to the defendant’s property on 24th September 2015. Chief Inspector Dowling discovered a collie dog at the property in poor physical condition with a massively swollen scrotum. Further inquiries revealed that the dog’s scrotum had been swollen for 4-5 months and that in that time he had been losing body condition.

Chief Inspector Dowling seized the dog and transported it for immediate veterinary attention. The dog was found to have a testicular tumour and his bladder had prolapsed into the scrotum. The dog was euthanized on veterinary advice as the condition was inoperable.

Representation for the defendant stated in court that he had had the dog for almost ten years when it developed the tumour and had been in denial, hoping it would heal naturally.

Chief Inspector Dowling said, “This case highlights the responsibility that pet owners have to provide appropriate treatment for the animals in their care at all times.”

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