A man was given a three month suspended prison sentence, banned from keeping animals for five years and ordered to pay €284.82 in costs having admitted two offences under section 11 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) 2013 for failing to safeguard the health and welfare of two Siberian husky dogs.
On imposing the disqualification at Portlaoise District Court, Judge Catherine Staines told the man that he was 'an unfit person to look after animals'.
The offences dated back to Friday, July 20, 2018 when ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey called to the defendant’s property in Portlaoise, Co Laois in response to a report made to the ISPCA’s National Animal Cruelty Helpline by a concerned member of the public.
ISPCA Inspector Lacey described to the court how she arrived at the property to discover two dogs in a small dark shed.
She could see one of the dogs had a large amount of hair loss and they were both extremely underweight. She described the smell inside the shed as “putrid”, mostly from the dogs severely infected skin.
Both dogs were immediately surrendered into the care of the ISPCA and transported to a nearby veterinary practice for urgent veterinary assessment.
One of the dogs named Beauty weighed just 17 kilograms and was suffering from severe alopecia. She had multiple sores and open cuts on her frail body.
The other dog named Casper, was suffering from pyoderma of the skin requiring his back to be shaved in order to be properly treated.
Inspector Lacey stated: “The dogs’ owner admitted that he had not sought veterinary treatment for his pets and as a result, they were in severe discomfort. It really saddens me to think how much these dogs would have suffered. They would have been in extreme pain, a situation that could have been totally prevented, had the owner sought basic veterinary treatment."
Both dogs spent some time in ISPCA care and made full recoveries.
This case highlights the impact that ISPCA Inspectors are having on animals who desperately need help to alleviate suffering.
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The ISPCA encourages members of the public to continue to report any animal welfare concerns online or by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.