TWO Cork people were convicted in court last week for animal welfare offences.
In Fermoy District Court a woman from north Cork was convicted and fined for three offences. On January 17, ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan visited the woman’s property in response to a call to the ISPCA Helpline.
She seized a collie pup, approximately five months old, tied to an oil tank with no shelter. It was a cold, wet day and there had been sleet and snow that morning.
A vet later described the pup as “severely underweight”. The Judge issued a fine of €100.
In a separate case that day, a man pleaded guilty and was convicted of two offences.
Inspector O’Donovan arrived at the man’s property on February 1 to find a Red Setter dog tied to a pole. The dog appeared skeletal and had crusting around its eyes and nose. The kennel provided for the dog was in a state of disrepair and had protruding nails and broken wood.
Inspector O’Donovan seized the dog. A vet later described it has being in a state of “severe emaciation”.
The man was fined €200 and ordered to pay an additional €200 to the ISPCA toward costs of the investigation.