A WATERFORD city woman has received a lifetime ban on owning any dogs after admitting to causing unnecessary suffering to a German shepherd.
At Waterford District Court on May 20 Louise English with an address at Ballybeg was convicted of two offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA). The defendant admitted to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to provide sufficient quantity of wholesome and uncontaminated drinking water to a German shepherd dog.
The woman was given a lifetime ban on owning any dogs and ordered to pay €1,665 in costs including €557.58 in vet fees.
The case originated from a complaint made to the ISPCA in May 2018 by a concerned member of the public about a dog kept in poor condition.
ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey investigated the call to discover a 10 month old male German shepherd dog kept in the garden of the property in an emaciated condition and missing hair from most areas of its body.
Inspector Lacey described how there was an overbearing odour coming from the dog’s skin due to the severe skin condition from which it was suffering. There was also no visible food or water bowls present.
Under caution, the owner admitted that she had not sought veterinary treatment for the dog’s skin condition and agreed to sign the dog over into the care of the ISPCA.
The dog, later called Rocco was transported to the nearby City Vets in Waterford City where he was urgently assessed and treated by a vet. Rocco was suffering from severe sarcoptic mange, he had ear mites and a high temperature. Once he was responding to treatment he was transferred to the Waterford SPCA for care and rehabilitation.
This case highlights the impact that ISPCA Inspectors are having on animals who need our help to alleviate their suffering. The ISPCA is reminding pet owners of their legal responsibility to safeguard the welfare of animals in their care under the AHWA 2013 and encourages members of the public to continue to report any animal welfare concerns online on at www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint or by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.
You can help the ISPCA continue this vital work by making a kind donation online to help animals suffering now www.ispca.ie/donate/once_off