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Tipperary man sentenced to four months imprisonment for obstructing ISPCA Inspectors and Gardaí

18th November 2022

On Tuesday 27th September 2022 at Clonmel District court, a man admitted a charge of obstructing Authorised Officers under the Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) 2013. He was sentenced to four months imprisonment.

The incident took place during a search of a property in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary conducted by Clonmel Gardaí and Detective Members from Clonmel Garda, along with ISPCA Inspectors, on Friday 22nd October 2021. At that time the man was arrested by Gardaí at the scene for obstructing the search.

During the operation 13 dogs, 5 pups, and 3 cats were removed and taken into ISPCA care. The dogs were of various breeds including Lurchers, Jack Russells, Cavachons, Pugs and Shih tzus.

One of the Jack Russells was positively identified as a missing dog, Dolly, who had been stolen from her Westmeath home 10 months before. Dolly was reunited with her grateful owners.

The ISPCA would like to thank the Gardaí members from Clonmel Garda Station who participated in the original operation and prosecuted the case.  

The ISPCA encourages members of the public to continue to report any animal welfare concerns to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 0818 515 515, email helpline@ispca.ie or report online here.

If you would like to support our frontline services helping our Inspectors continue their vital work, rescuing Ireland's most vulnerable animals, please if you can, make a kind donation here.

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