An­i­mal wel­fare case hears about dogs and fer­rets kept in squalor

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

Dis­tress­ing de­tails of con­di­tions in which pets were housed at his home were given to the Dis­trict Court as Dar­ragh Doyle (28) from Clon­roe, Gorey was pros­e­cuted for breaches of an­i­mal wel­fare.

Eleven dogs and five fer­rets were kept in squalor, with pens cov­ered in fae­ces, and some of the dogs were un­der­fed.

The case pros­e­cuted by Garda Catherine Keogh dated back to an in­spec­tion of the premises in Oc­to­ber of 2016.

Peter Mur­phy, 45 years qual­i­fied as a vet, was called into the wit­ness box to give ev­i­dence of what he found when he was called to ex­am­ine the scene by the NWSPCA.

He reck­oned that three of the dogs were pup­pies, no more than four or five months old.

They were be­ing kept in con­di­tions which the wit­ness de­scribed as de­plorably un­hy­gienic.

He was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about a hunt­ing dog which was kept on a chain, found with no food or drink avail­able to the an­i­mal.

The vet also ex­am­ined two lurchers which ap­peared well nour­ished, though the ter­rier with which they shared a pen was thin and un­der­nour­ished.

A group of four lurchers penned else­where on the prop­erty had no wa­ter at the time of the in­spec­tion.

The pens he looked at that day were all cov­ered in fae­ces and urine.

One of the dogs, when re­leased, im­me­di­ately be­gan to con­sume scummy wa­ter, sug­gest­ing that it had not had ac­cess to proper drink­ing wa­ter.

Peter Mur­phy reck­oned there was no at­tempt to prac­tise what he called rea­son­able hy­giene in car­ing for the dogs.

It was a sim­i­lar story with the fer­rets whose ac­com­mo­da­tion had not been cleaned out for months, though there was ev­i­dence that meat had been pur­chased for them.

Three of the eleven dogs were sig­nif­i­cantly un­der­nour­ished and they were seized – one black lurcher, a white ter­rier and the dog on the chain.

Dog war­den John Colfer told the judge that one of these three had to be put to sleep, while the other two were re-homed.

De­fend­ing solic­i­tor Lana Do­herty said that the con­fis­cated trio had only been with her client for a week af­ter he of­fered to as­sist them.

Garda Keogh said that she had called back to Clon­roe since to find an im­prove­ment in the clean­li­ness in which Doyle’s dogs were kept.

He now had just a lurcher and a small bitch, she re­ported.

Ms Do­herty ac­cepted that her client ob­vi­ously had too many an­i­mals for him to cope with at the time of the in­spec­tion.

Judge Ger­ard Haughton said a lot of suf­fer­ing had been caused to a num­ber of the dogs.

He set a fine of €250, plus €450 ex­penses, with a for­mal or­der not to keep any more than two dogs at a time.

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