Man jailed for abandoning malnourished dog

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A man has been jailed and a woman given a probation order for abandoning a dog and causing it unnecessary suffering.

John Joseph McGregor and Amy Wade of Kesh Road, Maze admitted at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court charges brought against them by Lisburn City Council.

The charges, under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011, related to a German shepherd dog that was reported to the Animal Welfare Service as abandoned at a vacant property formerly inhabited by the two defendants.

The dog was found to be in an extreme state of malnourishment.

The pair had also admitted failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of the dog were met to the extent required by good practice.

Ms Wade received a 12-month probation order on July 31, was disqualified from keeping animals for a period of two years and was deprived of owning two terrier-type dogs currently in her possession. Ms Wade was also ordered to pay costs of £740.17.

Mr McGregor was sentenced on Monday to a custodial sentence for one month. He was disqualified from keeping animals for five years.