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Man jailed and banned from keeping animals over cruelty to dogs

A dog with 11 pups had no food or drink available.


A MEATH MAN has been sentenced to four months imprisonment and banned from keeping animals for two years after pleading guilty to cruelty to a number of dogs.

Judge Grainne Malone imposed the custodial sentence on Wayne Cluskey of Mooretown, Ratoath, Co Meath at Trim District Court yesterday.

Cluskey had pled guilty to a total of 16 counts including cruelty to a number of dogs, cruelty to ferrets and permitting the carcass of a pony to remain unburied.

The case resulted from an operation in October 2013 involving the ISPCA, Gardaí and the Meath County Dog Warden.

ISPCA Inspector Elaine Whyte described to the court how an emaciated Staffordshire Bull Terrier and her eleven pups were found confined in a dirty shed. Despite the fact that she was nursing such a large number of young pups, no food or water was available.

The dog, now named Cotton, and her pups were removed to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre in Co Longford where they all recovered fully and were rehomed.

On admission to the National Animal Centre, Cotton weighed in at just 13.5 kilos, just over half of the ideal 26 kilos that she now weighs.

ISPCA Inspector Whyte said

“We are delighted with the successful conclusion to this case both in terms of the conviction and the positive outcome for the dogs involved. We would like to give credit to the Gardaí for their hard work in bringing the matter to court”.

Anybody wishing to offer assistance should contact the ISPCA on 043 33 25035, email or visit

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