12 DECEMBER 2018
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A Cork man has received a two year ban from keeping animals and was fined €800 for animal welfare offences in relation to two dogs living on his property.
The man pleaded guilty on Tuesday, 27th November 2018 in Mallow District Court to two counts of animal cruelty.
The case originated from a call made to the National Animal Helpline on 1890 515 515, and ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan discovered two dogs, a two-year-old Labrador type and a one-year-old Terrier dog living in deplorable conditions in February 2018.
ISPCA Senior Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said: “I was shocked to discover a Labrador type cross dog huddled inside a shed. He was incredibly nervous and would not move. Upon closer inspection, I noticed multiple open infected sores behind his ear, left shoulder, on his head and eye. Weeping wounds were visible on his legs, and his paws were swollen and badly inflamed. A strong, pungent odour was coming from his coat which was later confirmed to be a mix of ectoparasites and severe bacterial and yeast infection all over the dog’s body. He was anaemic, and a mild heart murmur was also present”.
Lisa added: "The second dog, a male terrier was also underweight, his coat was greasy to the touch, and he was suffering from a skin infection. Both dogs were in a critical condition and I immediately seized them and transported to Mackessy’s Veterinary Hospital for urgent veterinary assessment”.
Veterinary Practitioner Ita Walsh M.V.B. said upon examining the dogs: “In my opinion they endured unnecessary suffering and that without immediate intervention, it would not have been a good outcome for these dogs, and one would most definitely have died”.
Both dogs made full recoveries in the care of the ISPCA and have been responsibly rehomed where they are loved and cared for.
The ISPCA is reminding pet owners of their legal responsibilities under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and that there is no excuse for failing to provide basic levels of care for their pets.
Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns by contacting the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report cruelty online in confidence.
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