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Waterford Man pleads guilty to offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act

In Waterford District court recently, a dog owner pleaded guilty through his solicitor to offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. The case resulted from a visit made to the owner’s home by ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey on 23rd October 2015 following a complaint made to the ISPCA National Animal Centre about a dog kept in a shed.

Inspector Lacey discovered an eight year old West Highland Terrier dog called Trixie with an untreated skin condition.  Trixie was surrendered to the ISPCA and taken to a vet for immediate treatment.  Trixie was suffering from chronic inflammation of the skin and ears, which would have developed over a four to five year period. She had a flea infestation and could not hear properly due to her ear canals being severely clogged. Trixie’s coat was also very matted and needed to be clipped.

The court heard the accused was suffering from ill-health and Judge Kevin Staunton said he would be handing down a custodial sentence if he was present in court and in good health.  The accused was fined €1,000 to be paid over 12 months and also an amount of €765.37 in costs to cover the treatment and care of the dog.

ISPCA Inspector Lacey said: “Trixie received daily treatment at the ISPCA for her skin condition, something which could have easily been prevented and failing to provide veterinary treatment for your animals in an offence. It is completely unacceptable that this dog was left to suffer unnecessarily for such a long period of time.  We were happy Trixie responded well to the treatment she received and she came on leaps and bounds in the short space of a few months”.

ISPCA Inspectors are the front line against animal cruelty in Ireland, investigating complaints of abandoned, neglected and cruelly treated animals. If owners are unable to care for their animals appropriately, our Inspectors will offer the opportunity to surrender them. Prosecution is the last resort however, under certain circumstances our Inspectors will seize animals and instigate legal proceedings. 

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

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