Belfast man gets 200 hours community service for ill treating dogs

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A Belfast man has been sentenced to 200 hours community service for causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs in his care.

John Paul Magee was also ordered to pay a penalty of more than £1,500.

The defendant, of unknown age, was prosecuted over the condition of the boxer and terrier dogs kept at his Gortnamona Way home.

Charges were brought by the City Council after members of its animal welfare team carried out an inspection in June last year.

Magee admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs.

He also accepted failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the animals’ needs were met.

It is understood that both dogs have since been rehomed.