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Meath man disqualified from keeping animals

20th April 2018

A 27 year old man from Nobber, Co. Meath came before Ardee District court for sentencing on Monday 12th February 2018 having been convicted of animal cruelty in his absence at the same court in November 2017.

Judge John Coughlan disqualified the accused from “owning, controlling, or caring for animals” for a period of 12 months and ordered that he pay a total of €5,388.09 in expenses and legal costs.  He was convicted on a total of six offences under sections 11, 12 and 13 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

The charges related to two female dogs, a bull mastiff and a german shepherd that were removed by the ISPCA from the man’s then home in Drumconrath, Co. Meath in January 2015.

Inspector Elaine Reynolds, who investigated the case on behalf of the ISPCA, described the condition of the dogs.  She said: “The german shepherd dog was visibly underweight and was suffering from diarrhoea and the bull mastiff was emaciated and had huge callouses on her legs. Both of these dogs caused me immediate concern so I removed them from the property for veterinary assessment”.

Both dogs, later called Amber and Kyra made good recoveries following their rehabilitation at the ISPCA National Animal Centre and have since been responsibly rehomed where they are loved and cared for.

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