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Successful Conviction for Cruelty to Dogs

A man was today convicted of cruelly ill-treating a Labrador and five Springer Spaniel dogs. John Duggan with an address at Knockbeg Road, Carlow, Co. Laois, denied the charges but Judge Anderson found him guilty and imposed a 3 month suspended custodial sentence and a €750 fine.

The case resulted from a visit made to Mr. Duggan’s home by Inspector Brendan Hughes on 30th September 2010 in response to a report made to the ISPCA National Animal Helpline.

Inspector Hughes found the six dogs living in squalid conditions in kennels covered with excrement. Most of the dogs also had severe skin conditions with obvious growths on their bodies. Some were blind due to cataracts.

All of the dogs were surrendered to the ISPCA and transferred to the National Animal Centre in Longford. Unfortunately, all of the Springer Spaniels were subsequently euthanized on veterinary advice due to the severity of their condition and the extent of the suffering they were enduring. The Labrador was successfully rehabilitated and rehomed.

Inspector Hughes commented “We are pleased to have secured a successful conviction in this case. These dogs were subjected to some of the most deplorably dirty living conditions that I have encountered in my career. This, along with their various skin and health problems, would have caused them terrible suffering”.

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