On the 19th January 2017, following a court hearing at Balbriggan Court by Judge Dempsey, the owner of an emaciated Doberman dog was convicted of animal cruelty under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. Before ruling, Judge Dempsey ask the accused, a woman local to Balbriggan, if she had any other animals. She replied that she currently has another dog. He then ruled that the defendant was sentenced to a one year ban on the ownership of animals, a €300 fine and an order to surrender her dog to the DSPCA.
In a Statement by DSPCA Inspector Liam Kinsella, Animal Health and Welfare Inspector authorised officer under section 37 of the animal health and welfare act 2013, “On the 16th March 2016 I received a call from DSPCA dispatch regarding a very underweight Doberman dog ….. I was shocked at the condition of the dog, it was very thin.” Inspector Kinsella said.
Blood samples taken by the DSPCA Veterinary team showed there was no underlying medical conditions which would explain the serious weight loss, so the weight loss was a result of neglect.
Inspector Kinsella said “We are delighted with the outcome of the case. The dog has been rehomed and is doing very well in his new home. We would like to thank Judge Dempsey and the Department of Agriculture for their assistance in this case.”