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Cavan Man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

On Tuesday 7th November 2017, a 53 year old man from Co. Cavan was fined €200 and ordered to pay costs of €992.50 to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine after pleading guilty to two offences under sections 11 and 12 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 at Virginia District Court.

The charges related to an elderly German Shepherd dog seized from the property by ISPCA Inspector Elaine Reynolds on Saturday 6th August 2016.


Inspector Reynolds had responded to a report from a concerned member of the public and found the dog to be in desperately poor condition and unattended.

The dog was taken for immediate veterinary assessment and found to be emaciated, dehydrated and unable to stand. Growths, pressure sores and a large abscess were also found on the dog’s body. Due to his age and the severity of his condition, the dog was immediately euthanised on humane grounds.   

Inspector Reynolds described to the court how, in a cautioned interview, the accused claimed that the dog had been diagnosed with cancer approximately 18 months previously but admitted that it had not been seen by a vet subsequently.


Inspector Reynolds commented: “It was so sad to see the state to which this dog had deteriorated. It is not acceptable to leave an animal to suffer on the basis that it is old. Elderly animals are more likely to require veterinary attention and failure to provide such essential care can have serious consequences as today’s case shows”.

The ISPCA would like to encourage members of the public to continue to report any animal welfare concerns by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report cruelty online on

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