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21st Sep 2018

Farmer Convicted Of Gross Neglect Of Dozens Of Dogs


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A Limerick farmer was convicted and fined in court on Tuesday of offences that include causing unnecessary harm to dogs.

The man left two dead dogs and a puppy chained and unburied on his property.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined €1,150.

Judge O’Leary also ordered him to pay €1,000 to the ISPCA for the cost of the investigation.

Dog Chained

The judge also barred the man from keeping dogs under section 58 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 for 18 months.

The ISPCA rescued 37 dogs from the property after being alerted by May Humphries, a veterinary inspector for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

They were found without access to water, most had fleas, chained to outhouses and sheds and were weak and lethargic.

The man’s solicitor said the dogs were brought to the property by another man who chained them up.

He claimed they were only there for two weeks.

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