A Carlow woman has been fined 1,500 euro for animal abuse inflicted on her two dogs.
The woman, who didn’t appear at her hearing at Carlow District Court, had been visited by ISPCA inspectors on a number of occasions, in relation to the poor hygiene and lack of shelter of dogs Debbie and Roy at her home.
After a visit in March of 2020 that showed a dramatic decline in the condition of the Jack Russell and Cocker Spaniel, the dogs were seized and found to be severely underweight with their coats in poor condition.
A Carlow woman was fined a total of €1,500 and ordered to pay €1,000 in ISPCA costs after being convicted of three offences under sections 11 &12 of the AWHA 2013. Two dogs were seized & found to be severely underweight and one heavily matted. https://t.co/Rpp4gBdWeY pic.twitter.com/uE4BU7iS8P
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The dogs were subsequently surrendered and were rehomed once fully recovered.
While the woman was fined 1,500 euro and ordered to pay the ISPCA a further 1,000 in costs in relation to three charges under sections 11 and 12 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.
“In most circumstances, we try to work with animal owners to achieve sustained improvements for the care of their pets,” commented Inspector Fíona Conlon, who visited the house on a number of occasions.
“In this case, not only did the owner fail to maintain the standards as they were instructed but the situation also deteriorated. There is no excuse for this and the result is that they have a criminal conviction for animal cruelty.”
The ISPCA encourages members of the public to continue reporting any animal welfare concerns online here or by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 0818 515 515 or by emailing [email protected]