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Kildare man released after one week in prison for violating lifetime ban on keeping animals

20 December 2018

A man who breached a disqualification order banning him from keeping animals for life was released at Athy District Court on Tuesday, 11th December 2018 pending a probation report.

Judge Desmond Zaidan had earlier remanded the 68-year-old man in custody for one week at Kilcock District Court on Tuesday, 4th December after he admitted breaching the order which Judge Zaidan had imposed in January 2017. At that time the man had been convicted of animal cruelty offences at Clonkeen, Carbury, Co Kildare for an incident in November 2015.

The court in Athy heard from ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling, who described how a total of 43 animals were found on the offender's property in Carbury on 16th March 2018.

The animals found included dogs, goats, pigs, fowl and rabbits.

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Chief Inspector Dowling acknowledged that all of the animals were in “reasonable” physical condition at that time, but said that the manner and conditions in which they were housed was of concern.

In response to queries from Judge Zaidan as to how he could stop the man from reoffending, Mr Dowling told the court that it appeared to him that the man had a “compulsion” to accumulate animals.

When told by Judge Zaidan that he “cannot keep animals anymore,” the offender told the court that he understood that. He added that he is currently living on Inis Biggle Island, Achill, Co Mayo.

Judge Zaidan agreed to release the man, and put the matter back for three months. The Judge advised the Probation Officer present in the court to notify the ISPCA and Gardaí if they had any concerns that the individual was likely to re-offend.

ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “The ISPCA would like to thank members of An Garda Síochána who brought the initial case before the courts and who followed up on enforcing the disqualification order”.

Judge Zaidan told the man that it was not his job to cure him, and that he should get treatment if he thought he has any psychological issues.

“You may like animals,” the Judge told the man, “but animals don’t like you.”

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