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Guilty plea Man fined after ISPCA seized dogs living in substandard and overcrowded conditions

The owner of the dogs pleaded guilty to four offences relating to the failure to safeguard the health and welfare of four dogs

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A man has been charged after the ISPCA seized dogs living in substandard and overcrowded conditions in Limerick.

The owner of the dogs, a man from The Archways, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick pleaded guilty to four offences relating to the failure to safeguard the health and welfare of four dogs under Section 11(1)(a) of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

He appeared before the Newcastle West District Court on Thursday 20th May, where Judge John King imposed fines amounting to €750 and awarded costs of €350.

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The case arose when Lisa O’Donovan, an Animal Welfare Inspector with the ISPCA and an authorised officer under the Animal Health and Welfare Act visited the man’s property last June to discover a number of dogs in substandard and overcrowded living conditions.

Four dogs were seized at the property, including a Shih Tzu, Maltese, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Labrador puppy.

The dogs were taken to a veterinary practitioner for an urgent assessment.

The Labrador puppy was found to be extremely underweight and several other health issues were noted including ear mites, flea infestations, skin irritation, infected eyes, and worn teeth.

Each dog was cared for by the ISPCA and have since made full recoveries.

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ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “This case was prosecuted by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), represented by Mr Tom Rice, BL (instructed by Aidan Judge, state solicitor) and it highlights the impact of collaboration with DAFM that we are having on the animals who need us the most.”
 

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