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23rd Mar 2017

PICS: Tipperary man convicted of cruelty for keeping dogs in appalling living conditions (Warning: Graphic content)

Conor Heneghan


Some readers may find the details of this report disturbing.

Jimmy Martin of Ardane, Bansha, Co Tipperary, was fined €1,750 for cruelty to animals and ordered to pay €1,600 in costs at Tipperary District Court on Wednesday, 22 March.

The case related to a visit made by ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey to the defendant’s property on Monday 9 November 2015 when she discovered a number of German Shepherd type dogs living in deplorable conditions.

One pregnant female dog was chained to a tractor without access to shelter or water. Five German Shepherd cross puppies were in a filthy pen without access to shelter or water. Another female German Shepherd was chained inside a pen.

Upon inspection, the chain was found to be extremely heavy, weighing over eight kilograms, and was wrapped several times around a heavy plank of wood making it impossible for the dog to move. The chain was embedded in the dog’s neck and required bolt cutters to remove it. Numerous bones, including a skull, from various animal types were found throughout the property.

Inspector Lacey described to the court how the living conditions of the dogs were “appalling”. She said that, in her opinion, the 8.6 kilogram chain embedded in the neck of the female German Shepherd dog must have been there for a considerable length of time to inflict such damage.

The dog did not have the freedom to express normal behaviour. The dog chained to the tractor was also heavily pregnant and produced a litter of puppies within a few days of being removed from the property.

Inspector Lacey seized all dogs and puppies, 12 in total, and with the support of Waterford SPCA arranged transport for immediate veterinary attention.

ISPCA Inspector Lacey said: “This case highlights the responsibility that pet owners have a legal responsibility to provide appropriate care for the animals in their care in all circumstances.”

You can contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 to provide any information, or to report cruelty or neglect.

You can also report online on the ISPCA website.

The ISPCA rely heavily on public support – 90% of their income comes from kind donations and gifts in wills to enable us to continue their vital work rescuing, rehabilitating and responsibly rehoming animals.

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