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A-Paw-lling Donegal man banned from keeping dogs for five years after pup found tied to boiler

The dog’s lead was extremely restrictive and she was wearing a steel pronged collar that inflicted pain when she moved her neck

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The boiler house where the dog was found. Photo: ISPCA

The boiler house where the dog was found. Photo: ISPCA

The boiler house where the dog was found. Photo: ISPCA

A Donegal man has been banned from owning dogs for five years after a pup was found tied to a boiler outside his house.

Michael Boyce, who has an address at Rosemount Cottages in Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal, was fined €250 and was banned from keeping dogs for five years at Letterkenny District Court on Monday.

He pleaded guilty to one count under Section 12 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA), 2013.

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Photo: ISPCA

Photo: ISPCA

Photo: ISPCA

The case related to an incident that took place in January 2020, when ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley and gardaí arrived at Mr Boyce’s address following a tip-off about a dog’s living conditions.

At the property, they discovered an eight-month-old female mixed breed chained to a boiler house at the back of the premises.

The dog’s lead was extremely restrictive and she was wearing a steel pronged collar that inflicted pain when she moved her neck.

The ISPCA also described the dog’s living conditions as “treacherous,” noting that there was no evidence of food present at the scene.

The dog, who was later named Kaya, was immediately seized and brought a nearby veterinary practice for examination, where the collar was removed and she was given pain relief and parasite treatment.

She was later transferred to the ISPCA’s Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Donegal for further care and rehoming.

ISPCA Senior Inspector McGinley said: “Kaya had suffered unnecessarily as her owner failed to safeguard her health and welfare by not housing her in clean surroundings or appropriate housing.

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“The dog’s owner was reckless having a steel pronged collar pinching her neck every time she moved; it would have caused constant discomfort.

“Pet owners have a duty and a legal responsibility to protect the animals in their care.”

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