Notorious animal abuser keeping dogs even after court order

NewsBy Steven Moore
Jeremiah Kirkwood Pic: Pacemaker
Jeremiah Kirkwood Pic: Pacemaker

Cops swooped on the home of evil dog abuser Jeremiah Kirkwood this week - and warned him about animal welfare!

Kirkwood’s Island Street home was raided by cops on Wednesday morning and Class C drugs were seized.

The Sunday World understands police called out after being told Kirkwood may be keeping dogs again – despite a court order banning him from owning dogs for ten years.

But last night police said no animals had been seized although we can confirm that Jeremiah was cautioned for animal cruelty.

A police spokesperson told the Sunday World: “Police carried out a search of a house in the Island Street area of East Belfast on the morning of Wednesday 14 September. A quantity of class C prescription drugs were seized.”

Jeremiah Kirkwood was one of four Belfast men who admitted inflicting "one of the vilest examples of premeditated abuse" on animals ever seen in Northern Ireland in March 2014.

Jeremiah, who’s 45-years-old,along with two of his sons Chris and Wayne, from Island Street, and another man Jamie Morrow from McAllister Court walked free from a Belfast court having been found guilty of animal cruelty. 

The gang had been involved in a dog fighting ring and had been caught on camera allowing live cats to be torn apart by lurcher-type dogs, in what has been described as the worst case of animal cruelty ever seen here. 

Wayne Kirkwood (l) and Jamie Morrow (r) Pic: Pacemaker 

The quartet admitted a number of charges of keeping or training animals in connection with dog fights. 

There was widespread disappointment at the six months suspended jail sentences handed down to the men at Belfast Crown, but despite calls for the sentences to be review a spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service said there was no prospect of the tariffs being reconsidered. 

The sight of the four men and their supporters celebrating wildly as they left Laganside courthouse caused anger among many of the detectives involved.

They each admitted causing unnecessary suffering to animals, namely four terrier pups, between November 1, and November 28 2011. 

They also admitted ownership of items in connection with an animal fight. 

Items included a battery pack, hand-held lamps, a dog harness and an animal trap. The third count to which they pleaded guilty was keeping or training four bull lurcher-type dogs in connection with an animal fight between July 10 and November 28, 2011.

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