Limerick woman fined over ‘malnourished’ dog that is now well cared for

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Limerick woman fined over ‘malnourished’ dog that is now well cared for

Kilmallock Court

A WOMAN was fined €150 at Kilmallock Court for cruelty to a malnourished dog that is now “well cared for”.

Leanne Casey, aged 27, of Main Street, Bruff pleaded guilty to the offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Sergeant Michelle Leahy said Bruff gardai received a call from a distressed member of the public at 1.05pm on March 1, 2017. They reported that an animal at the rear of a premises was very agitated.

The court heard that Garda David Higgins investigated the incident and found the Pitbull Terrier.

“He contacted the dog warden who removed the dog. It was very malnourished, gaunt and weak looking. Ms Casey collected the dog from the pound a week later,” said Sgt Leahy.

Tom Kiely, solicitor for Ms Casey, said she was not the owner of the dog.

“Her older brother, who was living with her, was the owner. The dog was registered to him. She has pleaded guilty but could have defended it,” said Mr Kiely.

The solicitor said Ms Casey’s brother had been arrested a number of days previously.

“She accepts responsibility. The dog was at the back of her house. She has a moral obligation. She should have ensured the dog was cared for better. She is sorry” said Mr Kiely.

He said Ms Casey went and collected the canine from the dog pound.

“Her father would say the dog is better fed than himself. It is now exceptionally healthy and well cared for,” said Mr Kiely.

Judge Marian O’Leary fined Ms Casey €150.