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Man in court accused of brutally kicking small dog to death in Dublin park

Man in court accused of brutally kicking small dog to death in Dublin park

A MAN has been sent for trial accused of kicking a small dog to death in a city park.

Liam Dowling (44) is charged with animal cruelty offences following an incident in which a terrier was allegedly killed on a sports field.

He had a book of evidence served on him at Dublin District Court.

Mr Dowling, of Fitzgibbon Court, Fitzgibbon Street, in the north inner city, is charged with killing a protected animal and causing unnecessary suffering or endangering the health or welfare of an animal.

Charges were brought under the Animal Health and Welfare Act and the incident is alleged to have happened at Clonliffe College last August 19.

The DPP had consented to summary disposal of the case at district court level, but Judge Ann Ryan refused to accept jurisdiction to deal with it after hearing a summary of the allegations.

The case was subsequently re-listed at the request of the DPP, and a state solicitor asked Judge Ryan if she would re-consider.

She refused, saying: "You do not get two bites of the cherry."

A book of evidence was subsequently served.

Judge Ryan gave Mr Dowling the formal notice that he must provide to the prosecution details of any alibi he intends to rely on.

She sent him forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, remanding him on bail, under existing conditions.

Mr Dowling did not address the court.

It was previously reported that animal cruelty workers and gardai were called to Clonliffe College.

On arrival, they found the dog's body, which was removed by the DSPCA.

A post mortem was later carried out.

The Herald