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'Hungry, thirsty, filthy': Woman fined €2,500 after dogs discovered in horrendous conditions

One of the dogs was missing all but two of his teeth.

Warning: this story contains graphic images. 

A WOMAN IN Co Tipperary has been convicted on five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs, after an ISPCA inspector discovered five dogs living in “horrendous conditions”, confined to a “filthy pen without access to water, food or adequate shelter”.

The woman, from Thurles, was fined €2,500 and ordered to pay €1,108 in veterinary costs and €1,000 in legal costs at Cashel District Court on 23 March.

ISPCA inspector Alice Lacey visited the defendant’s property on 7 December 2015, after allegations had been made that a number of dogs were in poor condition there.

A pomeranian, three black labrador crosses and a saluki were found on site, all underweight for their breed and size with two of the younger puppies having a heavy worm burden.

All of the dogs were signed over to the care of the ISPCA.

Cashel woman convicted of cruelty to five dogs Source: ISPCA

The pomeranian, who rescuers named Hector, was covered in faeces and had an extremely matted coat when found, according to the ISPCA.

His condition was so bad that Lacey was initially unable to distinguish what breed of dog he was. A veterinary examination revealed that Hector had lost all of his teeth except for two.

Inspector Lacey said: “The living conditions these dogs were kept in were horrendous and animal neglect will not be tolerated.

If owners are unable to care for their animals appropriately, our inspectors will provide advice or give instruction. However, in certain circumstances animals will be seized and we will instigate legal proceedings in serious cases.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Lacey said that all of the dogs had been re-homed since their discovery, including Hector who took about a year to recover.

In a statement, the ISPCA added that it believes the right balance of enforcement and education would result in long terms changes in attitudes towards animal welfare in Ireland.

Cashel woman convicted of cruelty to five dogs Source: ISPCA

“We would like to see animal welfare taught as part of the national school curriculum,” the group said.

Since March 2014, ISPCA Inspectors have carried out 11,065 investigations and over 2,795 animals have been seized or surrendered.

A total of 92 prosecutions have been initiated, 25 of which have been finalised in court to-date.

Members of the public should report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report online in confidence here.

Cashel woman convicted of cruelty to five digs Source: ISPCA

Read: In photos: ISPCA report reveals cases of starving dogs and ponies in filthy conditions with no water

Read: Puppies found covered in urine and faeces with no access to food or water

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