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Donegal woman in court for abandoning little dog without food or water

CourtsBy Karl Doyle
'Megan' has now been rehomed
'Megan' has now been rehomed

A Donegal woman who abandoned a little terrier dog and left it no food or water has been fined and banned from keeping animals for four years.

In Letterkenny District Court Natalie McGranaghan was fined €200 and barred from being in charge of animals after the ISPCA was alerted to the fact that a small dog had been abandoned at a rented property in Leitir Ard in Letterkenny.

There was no food or water anywhere in sight when inspectors called to the property where they found the petrified dog Megan.

The animal was described as being in a very ‘poor condition’ but has thankfully now been brought back to good health.

When Granaghan was contacted at her mother’s home she denied owning the dog, saying it had been sold.

She eventually admitted that that was incorrect

Inspector Kevin McGinley from the ISPCA said: "The dog was clearly in a poor state before being seized and we are pleased to be able to help before her health deteriorated further.

“Megan has made a full recovery and has since been rehomed.

"This case clearly demonstrates how the new Animal Health and Welfare Act can work in practice to help a defenceless dog like Megan.

"We are satisfied with the conviction in this case of neglect, and would like to thank all involved for their efforts."