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Carlow woman fined and ordered to pay ISPCA costs for failing to look after her dog

'The dog’s owner failed to maintain basic standards to safeguard Scooby’s health and welfare'
Scooby has since passed away due to old age

Scooby has since passed away due to old age

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A Carlow woman has been fined a total of €550 and ordered to pay €140 in ISPCA costs after she was convicted for failing to safeguard the health and welfare of a dog.

Christine Byrne was also convicted of failing to provide the dog with sufficient food and water, contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

Judge Catherine Carthy issued the fine and costs against Ms Byrne after a ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspector visited a property at Shroughan Close in Tullow, Co Carlow in October 2020.

Fiona Conlon discovered a 14-year-old Yorkshire terrier dog, named Scooby, in a kennel at the rear of the garden.

According to the ISPCA, Scooby was found to be filthy and his coat was severely matted. The kennel area was found to be extremely dirty, covered with faecal matter and with rotting apples strewn around.

Drinking water found in a bucket was green and his bedding in the kennel was soaking wet and heavy to lift up.

Scooby was found to be underweight with extremely badly matted fur

Scooby was found to be underweight with extremely badly matted fur

“The defendant told Inspector Conlon that the dog was not in great condition but he was not a nice dog,” the ISPCA said in a statement.

“The woman said that she had Scooby from when he was a pup but was unable to bring him to a groomer, as she was under a lot of pressure.”

The dog was taken to a veterinary practitioner for an urgent examination after the defendant surrendered Scooby to the care of the ISPCA.

The animal was found to be underweight with a low body score of two. The extremely badly matted fur was causing him undue discomfort and stress so he was immediately sedated and shaved.

ISPCA Inspector Fiona Conlon said: “The dog’s owner failed to maintain basic standards to safeguard Scooby’s health and welfare.

“When Scooby arrived at the ISPCA, he received the care and attention he desperately needed, gaining weight over time and was successfully rehomed.

“Sadly Scooby has since passed away due to old age, but it is satisfying to know that he lived out his last year in happiness and comfort.”

The ISPCA added in a statement that there will be many more neglected animals who will need to be rescued, “and our frontline work is in need more than ever”.

“If you would like to help the ISPCA continue this vital work, rescuing Ireland’s most vulnerable animals, please if you can, make a kind donation here to help the animals that are suffering now.”

The ISPCA encourages members of the public to report any animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline online or by calling 0818 515 515 or emailing helpline@ispca.ie.


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