Man castrates pet after it tries to mate with pedigree dog
Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00
A man castrated his neighbour's dog after it tried to mate with his pedigree animal.
Eddie Flood used a lamb ring to cut the testicles off the cross- terrier after claiming his three dogs were being pestered by the animal.
Flood (43), of Carnasaull, Termon, Co Donegal, claimed the dog was allowed to roam freely and that he had been forced to remove it from his house more than 20 times.
After becoming sick of the dog, he put a rubber lambing ring on it -- the kind normally used to cut the tails off lambs.
Flood used a set of pliers to put on the ring and after a few days the dog was unwell and lethargic. It was only then that it was noticed that the dog had lost its testicles.
The dog's owner, Frank McGettigan, told Letterkenny District Court he was distraught when he discovered what had happened to his three-year-old pet dog Rusty. He didn't know who had done such a thing and mentioned it to Flood, but he denied having anything to do with the attack.
ISPCA inspector Kevin McGinley approached Flood in September 2009 and put it to him that he had placed the ring on the dog.
Flood's solicitor Sinead Bradley told the court the lambing ring was a common procedure used on lambs which did cause some discomfort.
She said her client admitted the offence but said his three dogs had been pestered by the little terrier.
Flood, who had a pedigree border collie, claimed he had been forced to lock the dogs into a shed as the terrier had been constantly trying to interfere with his dogs. Flood also claimed his three children had become frightened of the dog -- a claim the dog's owner denied.
Mr McGettigan told the court he had been forced to give away the dog following the incident after spending more than €200 on vet fees. He said he found the dog a new home because he feared for its safety.
Ms Bradley said she had been told by neighbours with female dogs that Rusty had been a pest and that no dog was safe from the attentions of the terrier.
Judge Seamus Hughes asked if wandering males around Termon were safe from Flood.
He fined the unemployed father of four a total of €730 -- €230 for the vet bills and €500 compensation to be paid to Mr McGettigan for the loss of his dog. He adjourned the case until March 14 to see if the compensation has been paid to the injured party.