Cases in 2008

Oldcastle farmer fined €2,000 for animal cruelty

Meath Chronicle, 26/4/2008

An Oldcastle farmer was fined €1,000 each on two counts of animal cruelty and €750 for assaulting a Garda at Kells Court last week.  see more

Six month suspended sentence in animal cruelty case

Leinster Express, 22/12/2008

A woman who claimed to rescue dogs has been given a six month suspended jail sentence after her appeal against a conviction for animal cruelty failed.  see more

Husband tortured and killed dog

BBC News (online), 18/7/2008

A man who killed his wife's dog and threatened to kill her has been sentenced to six months in jail.  see more

Cruel beyond belief

Top racing dogs left to die

Irish Daily Mirror, 07/02/2008

Sick thugs left this defenceless greyhound to die in agony from open wounds, it has been revealed.

  The terrified animal, who was starving and had bones protruding, had to be put down because she was in such an appalling state.

  A horrified litter warden found the award-winning bitch and another 12 dogs cowering in a shed in their own excrement near Dundalk, Co Louth.

  Louth SPCA inspector Fiona Squibb said: “she was totally malnourished.

  “She was emaciated and her ribs were protruding. She had open gaping sores the size of tennis balls from where she had been lying on the hard floor.

  “Two of them were so bad that you c6ould see the bones through the wounds.

  “The vet said she had terrible muscle wastage from not getting enough to eat.

  “We were able to identify the dogs from the tattoos on their ears and discovered that the bitch was actually an A1 racing dog which had won a number of races at Dundalk stadium.

  “It was very sad to see her end like this.

  “Some of the other dogs also had pressure sores although they were not in as bad a condition as the bitch.

  “The dogs were being kept in a shed in an isolated area and when we went in I thought there was a dead animal as the smell was so bad.

  “The c6onditions that the dogs were being kept were absolutely appalling.

  “There was excrement and urine everywhere and the whole place was soaking wet. It was disgusting. There was a river of effluent running down the middle of what would have been once an old milking shed.

  “The shed was divided into temporary compartments and the dogs had no bedding and were lying on bare concrete floors.” A Bord na gCon steward, Louth County veterinary Officer Garrett Shine and Louth local authority dog wardens and the gardai went to the scene after being alerted about the appalling conditions.

  Animal welfare authorities are set to take legal action against the dog owner.

  Fiona said the Bord na gCon steward was appalled at the condition the dogs were in and told her it was the worst he had ever seen.

She added: “Bord na gCon have now taken the dogs and are looking after them and they will be rehomed.”

Bodies of mutilated dogs found in river

Irish Times, 01/08/2008

Animal welfare workers were stunned by the extent of cruelty behind the deaths of two unwanted greyhounds. The badly mutilated bodies were recovered this week from a tributary of the river Foyle near St Johnston, Co Donegal.

  Experts reckoned they were about three years old when dumped with weights in the water. They had probably ended their racing lives either through injury or for some other reason and their owner was no longer prepared to give them a home. The ears, where racing greyhounds carry identification marks, were cut off one of the dogs, a male.

  There was part of a rope around the neck of the other, a female, indicating a weight had been attached before she was dropped in the river, probab8ly from a bridge over the Suille river near the Northern Ireland Border. The female’s head had been almost entirely eaten by rats.

  The bodies were spotted floating on Wednesday morning by a loc6al farmer near St Johnston.

ISPCA inspector Kevin McGinley removed the carcases from the river. He was still shocked when he spoke yesterday about the discovery. “It was mind-blowing that such wanton cruelty exists. It just reminds us of the need for people to have a change of attitude towards animal welfare.”

  Mr McGinley said it was not possible to say if the dogs were dead or alive when dumped, because of the decomposition.

  “This is as bad as it gets. People who are capable of doing something like this to animals could be just as capable of human abuse and that worries me.”

Farmer fined for starving horse

Irish Times, 12/04/2008

A farmer who allowed an old horse to starve on his land has been fined and ordered to pay more than €3,300 in expenses to the ISPCA. The animal was described by an examining vet as being "the skinniest horse" he had ever seen.

 John Dunphy (53) with an address at Knockanoran, Durrow, Co. Laois appeared before Portlaoise District Court yesterday.  

  Brendan Hughes, an animal welfare inspector with the ISPCA, told the court the only reason the horse was not destroyed was due to the care given by vets at UCD.  

 Josephine Fitzpatrick, solicitor for Mr. Dunphy said her client had separated from his wife and that he had "put his head in the sand in relation to the horse".


Men bludgeoned deer to death during rabbit hunt

Carlow People, 28/10/ 2008

THREE TULLOW men were convicted of animal cruelty this week when they admitted bludgeoning a deer to death on a night out hunting rabbits.

 A lurcher dog was used to bring the animal down before the men were photographed by a wildlife ranger bludgeoning the deer to death with blunt objects.

  The three were before the district court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty at Barnameelia, Rathdangan on January 8 2007.

 Sergeant Joseph Hanley told the court that John Nolan of 57 Hillbrook Estate, Brian McDonald of 52 St Patrick's Park, and Brian Rooney of 14 Slaney View Drive were out in the early hours of the morning hunting animals.

  The men were out hunting with a fourth individual who Sgt Hanley said had not been brought before the court as this person is of little intelligence and attends a special school.

 Solicitor Brendan O'Flaherty said his clients alleged that the lamp and the dog on the night belonged to the forth individual. He added that the pain brought on by the dog would have led to a lingering death and that the three men came across the badly wounded deer and decided to put it out of its misery.

 He added that hunting rabbits was a weekly pastime for the three and that there had never been an incident like this until they were joined by the fourth person.

 Sgt Hanley disagreed that they had not been deer hunting on the night as Barnameelia was an area known for being highly populated by deer.

 'If they were hunting rabbits then there are other areas closer to home,' he said.

He added that no one had taken full responsibility for the dog but that he believed it did not belong to any of the three defendants in court.

 After being informed that the dog had not been put down Judge William Harnett voiced concern. 'That dog is capable of attacking a child, other animals, another deer or a sheep,' he said.

 Sgt Hanley produced a vet report on the deer along with gruesome photographs of the dead animal. He added also that expenses of ¤750 needed to be paid to cover the veterinary report, photography and transport for the animal for post-mortem.

 Saying that their pleading mitigation is plausible and can't be disproven Judge William Harnett convicted and fined each of the men €500 on the animal cruelty charge and ordered that they each pay €250 expenses.

 A number of further charges including the use of MPVs, vessels and aircraft in hunting animals, hunting with a lamp, light or torch and entering a land without permission to hunt wild animals were all withdrawn.

Bodies of mutilated dogs found in River.

Irish Times, 01/08/2008

Animal welfare workers were stunned by the extent of cruelty behind the deaths of two unwanted greyhounds.The badly mutilated bodies were recovered from the river Foyle near st Johnston Co .Donegal.They were about 3 years old when dumped with weights in the water.The ears were cut off one of the dogs.There was a rope around the neck of the female indicating a weight had been attached before she was dropped in the river.The bodies were found floating by a local farmer.

Dead dog dumping ground sparks probe.

Irish Examiner, 19/03/2008

THE ISPCA and the Irish Greyhound Board have launched investigations into the discovery of the carcasses of several dogs — including some greyhounds — in a remote west Cork woodland. The gruesome finds were made in recent weeks in the Coppeen region and have prompted fears that owners have been using the isolated area as a dumping ground for unwanted greyhounds.

Carlow man convicted of animal cruely, 13/11/2008

A Carlow man was convicted of animal cruelty at Carlow District Court this week.

  David Fisher with an address at Glean na Bearru, Royal Oak Road, Bagenalstown pled guilty to cruelty to two horses at lands in Nurney, Co Carlow in November 2007.

  The two filly horses were discovered in poor condition by Inspector Brendan Hughes on Wednesday November 21 last year following a report to the ISPCA by a concerned member of the public. There was no grass for the horses to eat and no evidence of any supplementary feeding.

  Giving evidence in court Inspector Hughes described one of the horses, a light bay, as being “emaciated with ribs showing and hips and spine protruding.” He also said that the animal was “depressed and listless.”

  Inspector Hughes described the other filly which was dark bay in colour as being “in similar bodily condition but somewhat brighter.”

  The two horses were removed for care and rehabilitation. While the dark bay was brought to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford, the light bay was treated locally as it was feared that she would not survive the journey. Both were pregnant at the time of their rescue but both subsequently delivered still-born foals.

The case was adjourned for sentencing until 18th February 2009 pending a probationary report.