Cases in 2000

Driven barking mad by 7 dogs

The Star, 7/6/2000

Dog breeder, Rita Beattie, a director of the Irish Kennel Club has been warned that she may have to reduce the number of dogs she keeps if their barking continues to cause a nuisance. She was taken to court by her neighbour who claimed there was constant noise by the barking dogs. Ms. Beattie keeps four Bichon Frise toy poodles, a boxer, a Yorkshire terrier and a Papillon in her home at Castlewood Park, Rathmines, Dublin. Ms Beattie is a former chairperson of the IKCs education committee, which teaches members how to minimise inconvenience to neighbours. Judge James McDonnell granted an order forcing her to abate the barking nuisance or he would enforce a limit on the number of dogs she can keep.


Sick punters lay bets on cat fighting.

Sunday People, 11/06/2000.
Sick gamblers behind outrageous animal fights in Ireland have sunk to a new low - using CATS. At least one group of illegal dog fight organisers recently provided twisted punters with a bloody sideshow: cats being ripped to shreds by vicious dogs. A source who witnessed the sickening blood-bath in Co. Antrim said as many as a DOZEN terrified cats died horrible deaths after being released into pens with enraged Lurchers. The cats were thrown into large pens which had wire mesh over the top, so punters could watch, but the cats couldn't escape," said one punter. "It was wholesale slaughter. I would bet on dog fighting, but this was sick. Those cats didn't have a chance." According to the source, any cats not killed outright had their necks broken by 'pit attendants'.

 

ISPCA probes own staff over cruelty

News of the World, 26/11/2000

The ISPCA launched a major investigation into claims that pets have been starved, neglected and cruelly put to death at one of its own animal sanctuaries.  see more


Farmers injected cattle with slurry to feign TB

Irish Examiner, 2000

Two farmers injected slurry into cattle to provoke positive reactions to bovine TB tests in a bid to get the State to pay thousands of pounds in compensation.  see more


Guilty of neglecting animal

Kildare Nationalist, 19/5/2000

A farmer who cruelly ill-treated a cow was told to pay £120 to the vet who carried out an examination on behalf of the gardaí, Athy District Court heard last week.  see more


Sheep dismembered in ‘sick act of cruelty’

The Nationalist, 15/9/2000

A vicious gang brutally dismembered a bleating fully grown lamb at the rear of Hacketstown National School last week, in a particularly sickening act of cruelty.  Tullow gardaí remarked that the depraved act was “one of the worst acts of animal cruelty” they had ever come across. It is understood that those involved in the act tortured the lamb, mutilated him by cutting off his ears with a butcher’s knife and then left the distressed lamb literally fighting for his life. The lamb was taken from a neighbouring field just hours before and was then subjected to the ghastly act at the back of the school. The lamb’s owner eventually discovered the lamb wandering in the school the following day and immediately contacted Tullow gardaí. Remarkably the lamb was found alive but suffering horrific wounds. County veterinarian Liz McColum was called in to attend to the lamb and to fully investigate the vicious crime. It is understood that the six-month-old lamb is making a slow but steady recovery. The owner of the lamb has this week offered a £200 reward for information leading to the identiy or identities of those involved. Anyone with any information can contact Tullow gardaí


Waterford News/Star, 26/5/2000

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Michael Cashin (34) 76 Connolly Place, Waterford was found guilty of cruelty to a German shepherd dog at Waterford District Court. The court was told that the dog lost 201lbs in weight and that it was in poor condition with his backbone and ribs protruding. It was reported that Mr. Cashin has an alcohol problem. The judge imposed a baring order on Mr. Cashin for keeping a dog until such time he could satisfy a court of law that he was not abusing alcohol and was capable of looking after himself and therefore capable of looking after a dog.


Farmers Convicted over TB deceit

Irish Times, 1/12/2000

Two Co. Cork farmers received suspended prison sentences and were fined yesterday when they appeared at Macroom District Court charged with injecting slurry into cattle, so as to alter the accuracy of TB testing.  see more


Man kills horse in Ireland for eating too much grass.

Reuters, 25/10/2000

Dublin -- Gregory Martin, a U.S. citizen living on his grandmother's farm near Ballina close to the west coast of Ireland, was, according to this story, convicted for what the judge called "absolute, wanton cruelty" after he hacked a horse to death with an axe because a neighbour complained it had been eating too much grass. Irish media was cited as reporting on Wednesday he has been sentenced to three months in prison. Martin told the court he believed he had the right to kill the mare because "the Bible says man has dominion over animals."



The Derry farm neglect that leaves horses to die like this.

Sunday People, 20/02/2000

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The food minister who flouts his own rules on quality

Sunday Tribune, 03/12/2000

Ned O’Keefe’s pig farm uses meat and bone meal.  see more



Sick punters lay bets on cat fighting

Sunday People, 11/06/2000

Sick gamblers behind outrageous animal fights in Ireland have sunk to a new low – using CATS. At least one group of illegal dog fight organisers recently provided twisted punters with a bloody sideshow: cats being ripped to shred by vicious dogs. A source who witnessed the sickening blood-bath in Co. Antrim said as many as a DOZEN terrified cats died horrible deaths after being released into pens with enraged Lurchers – a breed of dog more traditionally associated with racing and rabbit hunting. The events are taking place on both sides of the border.

  “The cats were thrown into large pens which had wire mesh over the top, so punters could watch, but the cats couldn’t escape,“ said one punter. “It was wholesale slaughter. I would bet on dog fighting, but this was sick. Those cats didn’t have a chance.”

  According to the source, any cats not killed outright had their necks broken by ‘pit attendants.’ He said fellow punters told him afterwards that some of the cats had tried to fight back.



Dogs in cruelty case costing £45,000 to kennel

Irish Independent, 18/11/2000

The kennelling of 26 dogs belonging to a woman convicted of cruelty to the animals, has so far cost more than £45,000, the High Court was told yesterday.

  Donna Sfar, St Bronagh’s Lisdoo, Dundalk, Co Louth successfully challenged part of a Circuit Court order which disqualified her from “owning” a dog for 10 years, whereas the legislation empowers a judge to prohibit a person “keeping” a dog. Ms Sfar was convicted in May, 1999 in Dundalk District Court of cruelty to her 26 dogs. She was fined £300 and disqualified from “owning” a dog for five years. She appealed to the Circuit Court which affirmed the order but increased the disqualification to 10 years. Yesterday, Ms Sfar’s counsel, Feichin McDonagh SC, said that to date the kennelling of the dogs had cost £44,900, of which his clients had paid £19,400, leaving over £25,000 outstanding.

  Quashing the part of the Circuit Court order which disqualified Ms Sfar from “owning” a dog for 10 years, Mr Justice Kearns said that he thought the proceedings could have been brought to court a long time before yesterday. The judge said it appeared that the original mistake disqualifying Ms Sfar from “owning” dogs had been made in the District Court order.



Horse owner sent to prison

Evening Herald, 03/02/2000

A horse owner was jailed for three months today after a court heard how he had allowed a mare in foal nearly starve to death.

  Thomas Sweeney of Shanowen Grove, Santry, Co. Dublin, was sentenced in his absence after he failed to turn up in court to answer a charge of cruelty to the animal at a filthy stables in Hollystown, Mulhuddart.

  The District Court heard DSPCA inspector Robert Kenny found the mare and another 26 horses in filthy conditions when he visited the premises on 10th May last.

  There was no trace of concentrated food or hay and a water trough was empty except from dried faeces and fungus growing in it.


Acid

One horse, not the mare, was kept in a stable by means of a nailed down rope and with nothing to lie on.

  The mare was in a stable where the bedding had “gone to slop” And the acid from her urine and faeces had burnt her legs.

  There were a number of small stones which had grown into its hooves and which would have caused a lot of pain to her.

  Sweeney had a four previous convictions for cruelty and allowing animals to wander.

  Judge Patrick Brady said it was a very serious case of neglect and cruelty. He imposed a three month prison sentence and also fined him £500. He also ordered him to pay £1,000 legal and witness expenses.