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Donegal woman disqualified from keeping animals for five years

On Wednesday 20th December 2017 in Letterkenny District Court a Donegal woman was convicted of failing to adequately feed a dog, fined €10.00 and disqualified from keeping animals for a period of five years. The young woman from Killygordon had admitted a number of offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 a previous court sitting and paid the ISPCA €369 for veterinary costs.

The case resulted from a visit made by ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley to the defendant’s home on 16th June 2016 when he discovered a one year old female Siberian husky dog chained at the back of the property.

When Senior Inspector McGinley examined the dog he could feel every bone on her emaciated body.

Her only shelter was a small dilapidated wooden kennel with only two sides and no floor. There were empty food and water bowls nearby.

The dog, named Misty, was signed over to the ISPCA and was immediately brought to the Donegal Animal Hospital for treatment. On admission the dog was found to weigh just 9.5kgs while the recommended weight for females of this breed is 17kgs -25kgs.

Misty was subsequently transferred to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford where she was cared for until she completed her rehabilitation. Misty made a full recovery and has since been responsibly rehomed to a loving family.

ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley said: “Under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, pet owners need to be aware that they have a legal responsibility to provide for the welfare needs of the animals in their care.  Animal neglect and abuse will simply not be tolerated and ISPCA Inspectors can and will instigate legal proceedings if owners are failing in this regard.  I am delighted Misty got the kind home she deserves”.

The ISPCA has nine Animal Welfare Inspectors covering 17 counties and are at the forefront of animal welfare in Ireland. They respond to allegations of cruelty, neglect and abuse and also to aid sick and injured animals.  In the vast majority of cases, our animal welfare officers find a solution to most problems by working with the owners of the animal(s) involved.  Unfortunately however, this is not always the case and on occasion instances of cruelty, neglect or abuse are uncovered.  The ISPCA Inspectorate directly interacts with thousands of animals throughout the year, and where necessary competently follow prosecutions.   The increased powers afforded to the ISPCA’s Inspectors pursuant to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 uniquely position us to be at the forefront of preventing cruelty to animals in Ireland. 

This is Misty following her rehabilitation at the ISPCA National Animal Centre.

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