Man will ‘never own dog again’

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By COURT RE­PORTER

A MAN who was found to have kept three dogs in poor con­di­tion - one with a col­lar so tight it was caus­ing a ‘lac­er­a­tion’ to the dog’s neck – has un­der­taken never to own a dog again.

Ger­ard En­right, Dromerin, Lis­towel was pros­e­cuted by Kerry County Coun­cil be­fore Judge James O’Con­nor at Lis­towel Dis­trict Court on Thursday un­der sec­tion 9 of the Con­trol of Dogs Act 1986.

Solic­i­tor for Kerry County Coun­cil James Mor­ris in­formed the Court that a dog war­den dis­cov­ered three dogs in bad con­di­tion on Mr En­right’s prop­erty’

One of the dogs was run­ning a high tem­per­a­ture, an­other was un­der­weight and the third case cited in the court­room was of a dog that was ‘lac­er­ated’ by a tight col­lar as the re­sult of be­ing re­strained by it for ‘long hours’.

Mr Mor­ris was able to tell the court that Mr En­right had ‘vol­un­teered’ that he would not keep a dog for the rest of his life­time. This was con­firmed by de­fence solic­i­tor Pat En­right who said of his client: ‘He would be a man with a great in­ter­est in dogs and an­i­mals’; ex­plain­ing that many an­i­mals came into his client’s own­er­ship.

“One dog kept break­ing away and kept break­ing ev­erye col­lar used to re­strain him. This col­lar was put on too tight and that caused the prob­lem,” Mr En­right ex­plained.

He said that a lot of work had been re­quired to re­solve the mat­ter via Thursday’s undertaking. After tak­ing the stand and briefly re­mark­ing on his claim there was no iden­ti­fy­ing marks on the vet’s car on the day of the inpsec­tion, Mr En­right gave the undertaking.

Asked if he was pre­pared to un­der­take not to keep a dog ever again, Mr En­right said: ‘Yes, yes, yes.’

Mr Mor­ris mean­while in­formed the court the three dogs are back ‘in the full of their health’. The case was put back un­til Oc­to­ber 21 next.

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