Tethered dog found in own faeces and urine: Owner fined

A dog was found standing in his own faeces and urine with no access to food or water and tethered to a short rope by his owner, Craigavon Court heard

Mr Terrence Herron of Charles Street, Portadown, has been found guilty of animal welfare offences and was fined £400 plus costs of £307.

Herron appeared at the court, sitting at Lisburn Courthouse via Sightlink on Tuesday 1 December 2020 with his solicitor and pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the welfare of animals under section 4 and 9 of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, who brought the case to court, said they visited the property in November 2018 where the Caucasian type Shepherd dog was being held in a pen and in filthy conditions .

The dog was kept in conditions which were deemed to cause suffering.

A spokesperson for the council said the dog was assessed by a vet and it was later rehomed.

“Judge Trainor remarked that the facts, in his view, were appalling, and the suffering caused was clearly not something that had happened the day before nor did the Judge accept that the defendant did not know what he was doing. The Court took into account the defendant’s clear record and issued a total fine of £400 plus costs of £307. The defendant was also disqualified from keeping all animals for a period of five years.

“There is no excuse, under any circumstances, for acts of animal neglect such as this. We are determined to pursue those that fail to care for the welfare of animals and will continue to use all enforcement powers available to us to take action against anyone guilty of causing harm or cruelty to animals. Anyone with concerns report it T: 028 3751 5800 or email [email protected]

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