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Animal Cruelty

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

The ISPCA has received over 53,000 calls in the past three years.

Warning: this story contains graphic images. 

A NUMBER OF puppies and dogs across Ireland have been discovered in horrific conditions by ISPCA inspectors.

The ISPCA launched their 2016 Inspectorate Report this week, which outlines the animal cruelty prosecutions initiated by the ISPCA which were finalised in the courts in 2016.

Six Labrador puppies and six dogs were found in a shed covered with urine and faeces in Donegal.


The ISPCA visited the property following concerns reported to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline.

The animals were discovered in the filthy conditions with no access to food or water, they were also suffering from internal parasites.


The dogs and puppies were signed over to the ISPCA and following veterinary treatment and rehabilitation, they were all responsibly rehomed.

A woman in her 50s was ordered to pay over €2,000 in veterinary costs.

In Cork, an ISPCA inspector found three Jack Russell Terriers and a nursing bitch living in poor condition with no access to food or water.


All of the dogs were removed from the Charleville property and were rehabilitated and rehomed following a veterinary assessment.

A man in his 30s was fined €300 for obstruction of an authorised officer, while a man in his 70s was fined €200 for providing contaminated water to the three dogs and €200 for providing a false statement.

Meanwhile in Wicklow, a number of six week old Jack Russell Terrier puppies with docked tails were discovered.

The ISPCA visited the Ashford property following information received from a website that had flagged an advertisement of puppies for sale with suspected docked tails.


The accused was obstructive and ISPCA Inspectors were forced to leave the property and return shortly after with garda assistance. However, upon return the puppies were no longer at the property and the accused refused to disclose their location.

Under caution, the accused admitted that a veterinary surgeon had not been involved in the tail docking procedure.

A man in his 40s was ordered by pat €625 donation to the ISPCA and €625 in state costs.

Another puppy was discovered with cropped ears at a property in Bray, Wicklow. The cropping of dogs’ ears is a painful procedure for cosmetic purposes only.


When an ISPCA Inspector visited the property, a man in his 20s described purchasing the American Pit Bull Terrier at a dog show in Dublin and that the seller had offered the option to have the puppy’s ears cropped.

The man opted to have the ears cropped, an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

He was ordered to pay a €500 donation to the ISPCA and €1,230 in state costs.

These are just some of the animal cruelty prosecutions initiated by the ISPCA which were finalised in the courts last year. The 2016 Inspectorate Report reveals that 16,312 calls were made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline resulting in over 3,200 investigations where 995 animals were seized or surrendered.

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