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animal cruelty Antrim father and son banned from keeping animals after dogs found in squalid conditions

The council found the water the dogs had been drinking was black and there was build up of faeces

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The filthy conditions the dogs were living in

The filthy conditions the dogs were living in

The filthy conditions the dogs were living in

A County Antrim father and son have been banned from keeping animals after a number of dogs were found living in squalid conditions in the Ballynure area outside Ballyclare in 2019.

Norman McAuley (62) of Braepark Road, Ballyclare and his son Jimmy McAuley (39) of Jackson Court, Ballynure were both fined £500 under the Welfare of Animals Act after Mid and East Antrim Borough Council discovered the conditions the animals were being kept in.

They also had a 10-year Disqualification Order imposed on the ownership of dogs and ferrets.

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The water the dogs were drinking was black

The water the dogs were drinking was black

The water the dogs were drinking was black

Council officials found some of the dogs to be underweight while blood samples taken showed the dogs were malnourished.

The council said the water the dogs were drinking was black while ferrets were found in the pens.

Dead farmyard carcasses were present and there was a build up of faeces.

On top of the fines the men were ordered to pay £566.18 in vets costs to the council and £250 in legal costs.

A council spokesperson said they give “high priority” towards the welfare of domestic pets and horses and that they operate a “rigorous enforcement policy”.

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Animal carcasses were found in the pens

Animal carcasses were found in the pens

Animal carcasses were found in the pens

They added: “Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary, formal action is taken, which may include the service of Improvement Notices, or in extreme cases, seizure of animals.

“Council may also prosecute for offences such as in this case which should serve as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals.”

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