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A Waterford man was fined €2350 for cruelty to Greyhounds

A Waterford man has been ordered to pay a total of €2350 having previously pleaded guilty at the November sitting of the Circuit Criminal Court to neglecting three “racing greyhounds” which were emaciated to such an extent that one had to be put to sleep.

The case resulted from a visit by ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey, who then worked with the Waterford SPCA, on 5th March 2015. She found two greyhounds living in an outside grass pen and one in a separate inside pen. They had lesions on their legs and were emaciated with their ribcages visible.

Inspector Lacey had told the court that the poor condition of the dogs was due to being malnourished and lack of a proper diet. Two other dogs, a Rottweiler and an Alsatian which Inspector Lacey described as “pets”, were also on the premises and both were in thriving condition.

A probation report described how the ISPCA conducted three visits to the property in the last nine months to check on the welfare of any animals there and no problems were found.

Judge O'Neill described the condition of the three greyhounds as “appalling” but said that the Waterford man was suffering from psychological difficulties, a custodial sentence would not be imposed.

While one dog was euthanised on veterinary advice immediately after its removal due to the severity of its condition, the other two were successfully rehabilitated and responsibly rehomed.

“After three years I am glad to see this case finally come to a close” commented Inspector Lacey, “The condition of the dogs was down to a lack of responsibility by the owner and a failure to act when these dogs were suffering. It could have easily been prevented. Most pleasing is the fact that Juno and Sasha were successfully rehomed”. 

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