A Magherafelt man has been prosecuted for animal cruelty by Mid Ulster District Council.
Robert Porter, aged 30 and a former resident of King William III Crescent, Maghera, pleaded guilty at Magherafelt Magistrates Court this week (1 February 2016) to causing the unnecessary suffering to a husky type dog in his care in 2014.
The charges were brought by Mid Ulster District Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011 and related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers.
Speaking after the hearing, Councillor Christine McFlynn, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, said:
“This was a harrowing case and one which we would all hope would never occur and we would never have to prosecute. However, the reality is that cases like this do happen and when they do, we will investigate and we will take appropriate action, whether that means serving a notice or, in extreme cases, seizing an animal. I hope lessons will be learnt from the outcome of this prosecution”.
Sentencing was adjourned until 7th March 2016 so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.