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Keady man admits failing to ensure welfare of dogs

Keady man admits failing to ensure welfare of dogs

Damien Cunningham was fined for failing to ensure the welfare of three dogs in his possession.

Staff Reporter

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Staff Reporter

A KEADY  man has been fined after three dogs were found in dirty conditions at his home.
Damien McGleenan, of St Matthew’s Estate, admitted failing to ensure the welfare of the dogs when he appeared before.

Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Friday, January 19.
The charges arose after a complaint received by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council regarding three dogs in defendant’s care.

An Animal Welfare Officer – investigating the complaint – visited Cunningham’s home in Keady, where three dogs were found being kept in dirty conditions.

In addition, one dog’s coat was described as being heavily matted and another had facial scarring and a skin condition.

Cunningham pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the welfare of three dogs in his possession, in a case brought by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

He was fined £250 and a £15 offender levy was imposed.

Lord Mayor, Alderman Gareth Wilson, welcomed the court’s ruling.

“It is upsetting to hear of cases of the mistreatment of animals in our society, but I am pleased that council continues to adhere to a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements,” he said.

“I would urge the public to be vigilant and report any suspected cases of mistreatment or cruelty to domestic animals and equines to our Animal Welfare team on 028 3751 5800 or email animalwelfare@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk.

“Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, which may include the issuing of improvement notices or, where appropriate, the seizure of animals and prosecution.”

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