Jack Quann
Jack Quann

10.42 1 Aug 2019


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A woman has been banned from keeping any animals for seven years, and fined €300 for animal welfare offences.

She was convicted on July 5th of two offences under sections 11 and 13 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act - with a further three charges taken into consideration.

Limerick District Court heard the defendant failed to seek veterinary treatment for her two dogs, leaving a Staffordshire bull terrier dog to endure 'horrendous suffering'.

The case originated from a complaint made to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in February 2018 by a concerned member of the public.

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ISPCA Inspector Emma Carroll discovered a wire haired terrier-cross and a Staffordshire bull terrier dog in extremely poor condition.

One of the dogs was in a severe stage of neglect, underweight, listless and uncoordinated.

There was no access to food or clean drinking water or adequate shelter available for the dogs.

Inspector Carroll described their living conditions as "absolutely filthy and with rubbish scattered everywhere".

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She said: "The living conditions both of these dogs were subjected to was inexcusable and extremely upsetting.

"Both dogs were immediately seized, but subsequently surrendered, and transported to a nearby vet for urgent veterinary assessment."

The terrier-cross dog had a severe worm infestation, a docked tail and suspected pneumonia.

However following treatment, he made a full recovery.

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The Staffordshire bull terrier was in extreme pain and showing neurological signs with many open, infected wounds on her body.

The ISPCA said based on veterinary advice, it was decided to euthanise the dog to prevent suffering based on humane grounds.

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Inspector Carroll added: "There is simply no excuse for failing to provide the very basic level of care which, would have prevented unnecessary suffering.

"It is a pet owners responsibility to safeguard the welfare of the animals in their care and it was very evident that these dogs had not received adequate food or care for a long period of time.

"While we appreciate that people may have pressing issues in their lives, it will not be tolerated as an excuse to ignore the needs of their pets".

The ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline can be reached on 1890-515-515 (Callers from outside the Republic of Ireland should use +353-43-33-25035)


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