Farmer fined 11,427 Euro for using banned cattle drugs.

Irish Times, 16/10/2002
Abscesses on the carcasses of animals being processed in a meat export plant alerted the Department of Agriculture and Food to the use of banned hormone growth-promoters by a Meath farmer, Dunshaughlin Court heard yesterday.  see more

Dog lost eye over owner’s savage beating

Irish Independent, 26/9/2003

A dog was beaten so savagely with a broom handle by its owner that it had to have one eye removed by a vet, a court heard yesterday.  see more

Dunboyne Vet to be struck off.

Meath Chronicle, 18/1/1997

Maurice Regan, Kilcloon, Dunboyne had his name struck from the Irish Veterinary Councils Register after being convicted of illegal animal drugs offences in December 1996. Regan will start a 6 month jail term. The vet had pleaded guilty at Kilcock District Court on 9th December to keeping illegal animal drugs for sale. He was fined a total of 13000 pounds on 13 charges relating to possessing and keeping for sale the growth promoters in March 1992.

Cruelty Charge.

Evening Herald, 4/12/1999

A woman who admitted a charge of cruelty to animals has been fined 150 pounds after Drogheda District Court heard that 28 deer had been found starved to death on her farm in Co Meath in Nov 1990. The court heard the defendant Vida Tuite , Ardcath, Co Meath had been unable to afford fodder for the animals.

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

Man jailed for cruelty to at-risk horses

Irish Times, 20/4/2012

A MAN who has contracts with nine local authorities to take in and care for horses which are at risk or abandoned has been convicted of cruelty to animals and sentenced to 16 months in jail.  see more

Investigation begins after injured buzzard found
An investigation is underway after a young buzzard was shot in Co Meath.  The bird of prey was found alive in the Rossnaree area, but was unable to fly having been hit by a number of shot pellets.  The bird had to be put down."Buzzards are protected birds of prey. The National Parks and Wildlife service is asking anyone with detail about the shooting to contact the conservation ranger in Navan, Co Meath or Gardaí.Annette Lynch, conservation manager with the NPWS, said that it is an offence to shoot these birds.  "When the wildlife act was introduced in 1976 it made it an offence to shoot or poison any of these birds of prey," she said.  "It made a good comeback, and they are actually going further and further south.  "When I started in the job in 1999, I'd pull over when I see a buzzard, whereas I suppose I do see them more regularly now, which is great, but that's because they've been protected."

Farmer fined 11,427 Euro for using banned cattle drugs

Irish Times, 16/10/2002

Abscesses on the carcasses of animals being processed in a meat export plant alerted the Department of Agriculture and Food to the use of banned hormone growth-promoters by a Meath farmer, Dunshaughlin Court heard yesterday. The farmer, James McDernitt (54), Blackhills, Kilmoon, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, pleaded guilty yesterday to eight charges of possessing the hormone-treated animals and one of failing to keep a proper record of the movement of the animals between April and July 2000. McDermott, described as a substantial farmer by Mr. Patrick MacEntee SC, defending, was given a six-month suspended prison sentence, fined a total of 11,427 Euro plus 750 Euro in costs and ordered to keep the peace for 2 years. On the 3rd of April 2000 Mr. John Larkin from the Department of Agriculture noticed abscesses on the rib cages of animals belonging to the defendant which had been processes at the plant. Examination of the carcasses found needle marks 3-4 inches deep. It was established that one of the animals had been treated with anabolic steroids, a triple cocktail of banned drugs, including one which was new to the department. On April 10th, 2000, McDermott submitted 11 more cattle for slaughter and, when tested, six were found to be positive. Three months later, when animals from the defendant’s farm were being slaughtered under permit, the cocktail of drugs was found again in one of the animals. One of the drugs used in the cocktail was Stanozonol, which causes depression and damage to the immune system in humans. Mr. Flaherty told Judge John Brophy that McDermott was a substantial farmer, and sold 1,000 cattle a year and received 24,795 in EU subsidies last year.

Badger-hunt holidays are arranged for UK groups

Irish Times, 26/09/1995

Men are travelling to Ireland from Britain for organised badger-baiting holidays. One of them, a prominent terrier breeder, has been organising trial badger baits for Irish enthusiasts.

  Two men, one in Co Meath and the other in west Wicklow, have been letting houses for the past three years to British enthusiasts.

  Badger-baiting is a blood sport and is illegal under the 1976 Wildlife Act. It involves putting trained terriers into badger homes, or setts, where they hold at bay any animal they find. The dog handlers then dig towards the sound of the barking, until they trap the cornered animal.

  At this point more dogs are either released onto the badger to kill it or it is placed in a bag and taken to a “bait”. This is an organised fight between a badger and dogs. Bets are normally placed on the result.

  British police sources say that one man who travels to Ireland has a criminal record for illegal possession of firearms, armed robbery and assault.

  One known and respected British terrier breeder has been involved, and has been featured in British fieldsports publications. He organises trials for badger-baiting enthusiasts interested in purchasing his dogs.

  At these trials, dogs which are offered for sale are pitted against badgers and are purchased on the strength of their killing abilities.

  One man who acts as an agent for the British terrier breeder told The Irish Times that many Irish “diggers” – a slang term for badger-baiting followers – have purchased dogs from him.

  While in Ireland last year on a badger-baiting trip, the British breeder also judged a dog show for a hunting fair. Another man who judged at this show is directly involved in organising badger-digging holidays.

  Mr John Bryant, wildlife officer of the British League Against Cruel Sports, said that the identities of the individuals who travel to Ireland for badger-baiting are known.

  A spokesman for the Irish Council Against Bloodsports, Mr John Tierney, said that it was not surprising that some involved in badger baiting had connections with legal bloodsports. He said that in Britain legal fieldsports enthusiasts had been prosecuted for illegal bloodsports.

  Mr James Norton of the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association said that his organisation did not condone badger-baiting.

  “I can confirm that every effort is made by our members not to disturb badger setts or earths where badgers are known to be in residence. The Irish Masters of FoxhoundsAssociation is concerned about allegations which attempt to link prohibited activities with traditional fieldsports.”

The Badgerwatch spokeswoman, Ms Angel Tinney, said: “Until such a time as Ireland gets Garda wildlife officers to investigate wildlife crime, Ireland will always be seen internationally as a haven for bloodsports.”

  A spokesman for the Garda Press Office said that any incident of badger baiting reported to the gardai was investigated fully. He appealed to members of the public with information to contact their local Garda station.

Dog had to have eye removed after beating

Irish times, 26/09/2003

A District Court yesterday heard how a dog had to have her right eye removed following a beating by her former owner.

  Michael Gaughran (49), of Woodtwon, Drumconrath, Co Meath, admitted the cruelty to animals offence at Woodtwon on February 19th this year when he appeared before Ardee District Court yesterday.

  Garda Barry Crudden said he went to Woodtwon on that date after an inspector with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals contacted him to say he had received a report of a dog being beaten.

  At Woodtown, the garda spoke to tow men, who said they had witnessed Gaughran beat the dog with a broom handle.  He saw the dog cowering in the corner, and spoke to Gaughran, who said the dog had attacked a goose and he had hit her “a couple of taps of a stick”.

  The garda seized the dog under the Protection of Animals Act, and handed her over to the ISPCA inspector, Mr Conor Dowling.

  Solicitor Mr Richard McDonnel said the dog had cuts to the eye and was otherwise well fed.  It had also attacked and killed a lamb a year before.

  In reply to Judge Flann Brennan, the garda said the dog’s eye had t be removed following the incident.

  Mr McDonnel said the dog had a defective eye anyway, but did not know if it was the same eye that was removed.

  Veterinary inspector Mr Finbar Heslin told the court he examined the dog, and said both eyes were affected by blunt trauma.

  The left eye had sever haemorrhaging, the cornea was lacerated and the top of the counea surface had been removed.  There was internal damage to the right eye and evidence of previous trauma.  The reason it (right eye) was removed “was the result of damage inflicted just previous”.

  Gaughran’s solicitor said his client has a debilitating illness and was on disability income of just €124 a week.  He added that the ISPCA was not seeking to have him prevented from keeping animals.

  Judge Brennan convicted Gaughran, and imposed a fine of €200.

  After the court case, the ISPCA inspector said the damage to the dog’s eye was not immediately known as the white of the eye, the so-called third eyelid, had been covering it.

Cruelty charge

Evening Herald, 04/12/1991

A woman who admitted a charge of cruelty to animals has been fined £150 after Drogheda District Court heard that 28 deer had been found starved to death on her harm in Co Meath last year in November 1990.

  The court heard the defendant Vida Tuite, Ardcath, Co Meath, had been unable to afford fodder for the animals.

Cock-up over a summons

Irish Independent, 09/05/2003

A District Court judge threw out a charge against a man allegedly involved in a cockfight last summer.

  The case was dismissed at Kells court yesterday after the man’s solicitor successfully argued that the townland on the summons was incorrect.  However, Judge John Brophy indicated he would have considered imposing a jail term on the man if he had been convicted.

  The judge made his ruling after viewing video footage from the Garda Air Support Unit helicopter after it had come upon a group of about 30 people in Diamor, Kells, Co Meath on June 23.

  Before the court was James Melia of Diamor, Crossakeel, Kells and he was charged with causing procuring or assisting in fighting or baiting of animals.  Gardai submitted that the footage from the helicopter and ordinance survey maps had identified the townland in question as Diamor.

  However, after a submission by the defendant’s counsel Judge Brophy ruled that the correct townland was in fact Thomastown.

  Despite the dismissal, Judge Brophy congratulated the gardai on bringing the case before the court.

After the case, the Meath Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it wanted those involved in such activities to know they would not get away with it.

Fifth Dog Poisoned In Enfiled District

Meath Chronicle, 17/01/1998

The death of a three year-old Lewellyn setter dog on New Year’s Day brought the total number of dogs poisoned in the Connellstown/Kilcorney area of Entfield in a three to four-week period to five.

  It was established subsequently, through veterinary examination and x-ray, that the dogs were poisoned with a Gramoxone/Paraquat substance. Users of such products can only purchase them through authorised agents who are obliged to keep a register of such sales. Enquiries are being made through these channels.

  It is understood that the poison was administered through chicken meat, apparently thrown into one or more of the gardens in the area. Samples of the meat have been sent to a laboratory for further testing.

  According to a local resident, whose dog was one of those poisoned “there has not been any trouble caused by dogs in the area, nor have there been any complaints of such to the Gardai or to the residents. Searches in the fields surrounding the community have not indicated any evidence of poison laid down and enquiries among local farmers bear this out.”

I  t is hoped that the ongoing investigations of locals, together with those of Entfield Gardai, will track down the person(s) responsible, so as to prevent even more callous acts.