The Society would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank both the Minister of Agriculture and all the people in DAFM for the ex-gracia funding and their help throughout 2017. Both are greatly appreciated.
On Monday 4th December 2017, in Clonmel District Court, Damien Power with an address at Turkstown, Co. Kilkenny was sentenced to two months imprisonment after pleading guilty to neglecting, or being reckless, regarding the health and welfare of a Patterdale terrier dog. The dog had severe injuries to its nose and jaw described in court as “consistent with some form of animal fighting”.
The case originated from a report to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline from a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of several dogs.
Waterford SPCA Inspector Alice Lacey visited the defendant’s property on Friday 8th January 2016 accompanied by Gardaí from Kilkenny Station. A number of dogs were found on the property and Inspector Lacey was particularly concerned about one male Patterdale Terrier with severe injuries to his lower jaw and nose.
The dog was immediately seized and brought to the City Vets in Waterford City for urgent veterinary assessment. It was the opinion of the attending veterinary surgeon that the dog had not received appropriate treatment its horrific injuries. The vet also believed that the injuries had been sustained over a period of time with a number of separate events contributing to the trauma to the dog’s face.
Inspector Lacey added: “The dog’s owner failed to seek veterinary treatment and had no regard for the suffering caused to this defenceless dog which would have endured extreme pain over a prolonged period of time. I would like to thank City Vets and the Waterford SPCA for their assistance in this case”.
Despite the best efforts of vets and care staff, the dog did not respond to treatment and had severe respiratory problems as a result of the injuries. Based on veterinary advice, he was euthanised on welfare grounds to prevent further suffering.
The Judge said the accused had shown a reckless disregard for the suffering of the dog and due to the veterinary evidence he could have considered a higher scale of sentencing but took Mr. Power’s guilty plea into consideration and imposed a two month custodial sentence .
Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA and Waterford SPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report cruelty online in confidence on http://www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint<http://www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint> or calling Waterford SPCA at 051-841432
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Well done to Inspector Alice Lacey for all the hard work she put in to achieve a successful prosecution in this horrendous Waterford City case and to get justice for these Wheaten Terriers.
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Milo, the mastiff cross was rehomed through the Waterford SPCA in January.
We could not be happier with the outcome. He has found his fairytale ending.
His new owners have embraced Milo and he is now one of the family.
We couldnt have found a more perfect home
These beauties found abandoned at a day old are almost ready for their new homes – thanks to the tender loving care of their wonderful foster mother. Home checks will apply. If you are interested please email us at email@example.com or call the office at 051-841432 or message us on Waterford SPCA Facebook.
Cashel woman convicted of cruelty to five dogs
On 23rd March 2017 in Cashel District Court, a woman from Kilbraugh, Thurles, Co Tipperary was convicted on five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs. She was fined €2500 and ordered to pay €1,108 in vet costs and €1000 legal costs.
The case related to a visit made by ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey to the defendant’s property on 7th December 2015 to investigate allegations that a number of dogs at the property were in poor condition.
Inspector Lacey discovered five dogs, a Pomeranian, three black Labrador crosses and a Saluki, living in horrendous conditions confined to a filthy pen without access to water, food or adequate shelter. The dogs were all underweight for their breed and size and two of the younger puppies had a heavy worm burden. All five dogs were signed over to the care of the ISPCA and immediately removed for a veterinary examination.
The Pomeranian, named Hector by rescuers, had an extremely badly matted coat and was covered in faeces. His condition was so bad that Inspector Lacey was initially unable to distinguish his breed and he had to be completely shaved under sedation. A veterinary examination also revealed that he had lost all of his teeth except for two. This little dog required an extensive period of rehabilitation.
ISPCA Inspector Lacey said, “The living conditions these dogs were kept in were horrendous and animal neglect will not be tolerated. Pet owners have a legal responsibility to provide appropriate care for their animals. If owners are unable to care for their animals appropriately, our Inspectors will provide advice or give instruction however, in certain circumstances animals will be seized and we will instigate legal proceedings in serious cases.
All of the dogs have since been responsibly rehomed following their rescue and rehabilitation.
Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report online in confidence here.
The ISPCA believes that the right balance of enforcement and education will result in long term changes in attitudes towards animal welfare in Ireland. We would like to see animal welfare taught as part of the national school curriculum so that one day we can end cruelty to all animals.
The ISPCA has as a total of eight authorised Inspectors (one Chief, two Senior and five Inspectors) covering 17 counties and working with 19 affiliated member societies nationwide.
Last year, 16,312 calls were made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline resulting in over 3,200 investigations, 995 animals were seized or surrendered, 32 prosecutions initiated resulting in 15 finalised in court, compared to nine in 2015. The Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) came into force three years ago on 6th March 2014. Since then the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline has received over 53,000 calls. ISPCA Inspectors have carried out 11,065 investigations and over 2,795 animals were seized or surrendered. A total of 92 prosecutions have been initiated, 25 of which have been finalised in court to-date. Full report here http://www.ispca.ie/ispca_inspectorate/
90% of ISPCA funding is received from public donations, legacies and through fundraising activities. If you can make a donation to support our work, please visit our donation page here. Thank you.
A man in Cappaghwhite was fined 500eur (offences under S.12 of AHWA Act 2013) for neglect of his Mallinois dog in August 2015. Following a report on the 12 August 2015 the Waterford Inspector Alice Lacey visited this persons property in Cappaghwhite with Garda, a Veterinarian and the Dog Warden to find Cara, a beautiful Mallinois bitch practically collasped in a shocking weakened state, emaciated and dehydrated. She seized Cara who had to be put on a drip to be rehydrated and given ongoing veterinary treatment before she was fit to be moved to the Society’s kennels. The dog was later surrendered by her owner to the Waterford SPCA. The owner’s defence was he only owned the dog for 5 o 6 weeks and that she failed to put on weight since he got her however after two weeks at the Waterford SPCA Kennels Cara looked like a different dog and had put on quiet a lot of condition. Waterford SPCA believes it is crucial people who neglect animals realize it is not acceptable and feel the full rigours of the new Animal Welfare Legislation. This was one of three recent cases to come to court for neglect of dogs and successfully pursued by our Animal Welfare Inspector Alice Lacey. Well done Alice.
- It will help Dog Wardens to identify stray dogs and return them to their owners,
- it will help to make irresponsible owners more likely to be responsible and finally and most important
- it will help Farmers to identify the culprits who own dogs who chase sheep and cause horrendous damage and suffering, especially to heavily pregnant ewes.