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Meath man receives three month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to animal welfare offences

A Co. Meath man entered a guilty plea in relation to two offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 yesterday at Navan District Court. The man was convicted on one section 12 offence with the other taken into consideration.

The case was instigated in April 2015 when the ISPCA were contacted by a vet to whom the man had presented a six year old female Golden Labrador named Coco. The dog was emaciated and barely able to walk due to a massive abscess on one of her fore-legs. She had a chronic skin condition all over the lower half of her body resulting in complete hair loss in that area. He skin was foul-smelling, thickened, discoloured and infected.

Inspector Elaine Whyte investigated the case and secured the surrender of Coco into the care of the ISPCA. Unfortunately, due to the chronic and long-standing nature of her condition and the on-going suffering that she was enduring, the decision was made to euthanize Coco on veterinary advice.

Judge Grainne Malone imposed a three month sentence suspended for eighteen months with the man bound to keep the peace and his own bond of €250.00.  He also handed €1,000 in cash into Court for a local charity and legal costs were awarded to the prosecution.

 “It is sad and unacceptable how Coco’s condition was allowed to develop for so long” said Inspector Whyte, “if she had received appropriate veterinary care at the right time she would have been spared so much unnecessary suffering”. 

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