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Cork man fined after Huskies were found covered in faeces with no access to food

One of the dogs was pregnant.

A CORK MAN has been fined for mistreating dogs and keeping them in “filthy conditions”.

John Carroll was fined €500 and ordered to pay €750 in costs after admitting offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act at Mallow District Court on 22 March.

The case resulted from a visit made to Carroll’s property by ISPCA inspector Lisa O’Donovan on 20 February 2015 when she found “a number of dogs which were malnourished and living in filthy conditions”.

In a statement released today, the ISPCA said four Husky puppies “were confined to a filthy pen, covered in faeces and urine” and had “no access to food or water, or to clean, dry bedding”.

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A young pregnant female Husky was tied by a chain in a disused building. She was also covered in faeces and urine and was living in a very dark area with no food or water available.

O’Donovan seized the dogs and brought them to a veterinary hospital for urgent assessment. The ISPCA said the four puppies were “extremely lethargic” and one remained in a critical condition for a number of days.

The female dog was examined and found to be severely dehydrated. The ISPCA noted that this was extremely dangerous as she was in the final stages of pregnancy and gave birth to six puppies within five days of her rescue.

All the dogs were subsequently surrendered to the care of the ISPCA for rehabilitation and rehoming.

O’Donovan said the case “sends out a very clear message that animal cruelty is unacceptable”.

“It also shows the effectiveness of the Animal Health and Welfare Act, allowing immediate intervention by an authorised officer where necessary. Thankfully all of the animals removed made full recoveries and were responsibly rehomed,” she said.

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