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Sunday 20 April 2014

Judge to rule on court venue for brothers ‘found with dozens of puppies in car boots’

A JUDGE will rule next month on the trial venue of two English brothers charged over the discovery of dozens of puppies found lying in their own excrement in two cars in Dublin.

The animals, aged between three and eight weeks, had been recovered and were taken into safety by gardaí and the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA).



It followed searches of two cars on October 9 last, on the Old Malahide Road in the Coolock area in north Dublin.



The puppies were in boxes in the rear of both vehicles and included a number of Cocker and Springer Spaniels, Terrier, Beagle, and Labrador breeds along with several Jack Russells. They were placed into the care of the DSPCA.



Two men, who been arrested at the scene, made their second appearance at Dublin District Court today to face animal cruelty charges.



Reuben Burton (32) and his 21-year-old brother Rico Lee Burton, both from Stone Meadows, Carrington, Manchester, have been charged under the Protection of Animals Act.



It is alleged they ill treated animals by keeping around 50 pups in the boot of a car “in cramped conditions with no food or water, no light or fresh air and had the pups lying in their own faeces, causing unnecessary suffering”.



Defence counsel Emmet Nolan told Judge Patricia McNamara that disclosure of the prosecution's evidence had just been furnished. However, given the nature and seriousness of the charges, more time was needed to consider the case.



He said the two men wanted it to be dealt with as quickly as possible.



Judge McNamara remanded the pair on continuing bail and ordered them to appear again next month when it is to be clarified whether or not the case is to be dealt with in the District Court or instead sent forward to the Circuit Court.



The brothers have not yet indicated how they will plead to the charges, which on conviction can result in fines and possible jail sentences.



Both were granted free legal aid earlier after the court heard that they are unemployed.



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