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Meath woman pleads guilty to cruelty to a dog

23rd April 2018


At Navan District Court on Friday 20th April 2018, a 53 year old woman from Athboy, Co. Meath pleaded guilty to two offences under sections 11 and 13 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. The woman was convicted, fined €250 and ordered to pay costs of €2,753 within twelve months.

The case related in a visit made by an ISPCA Inspector, who responded to a complaint made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline in May 2016.

A male doberman dog was discovered living in filthy conditions and without access to food or water.

The dog named Max was removed by the ISPCA for a veterinary examination which found the dog to be in an emaciated condition with hair-loss, dry flaky skin and faecal matter suck to his tail and feet. Based on veterinary advice, the dog was subsequently euthanised on humane grounds to prevent further suffering.

Judge Cormac Dunne commended the incredible work of the ISPCA and taking into account the accused’s personal circumstances, he said that: “an animal did suffer and all carers of animals must at all times be alert to the welfare of their animals”.

Inspector Elaine Reynolds, who investigated the case on behalf of the ISPCA, commented:  “A failure to safeguard this dog’s welfare to provide sufficient food and seek veterinary attention resulted in unnecessary suffering. When you take on the responsibility of an animal, you have a legal and moral responsibility to care for them appropriately and address any issues that may arise”.

Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report cruelty online in confidence on

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