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Friday 19 October 2018

Farmer convicted after 40 dogs found chained and neglected on property

"The sheer number of them, and the way they were grossly neglected was deplorable"

Collie in vet with rope and hook.
Collie in vet with rope and hook.
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

A Limerick man has been convicted and fined in Kilmallock for a number of offences which include causing unnecessary suffering to dogs, and having chained, unburied carcasses of two adult dogs and one puppy on his property.  

Mr Seamus Looby of Raheen, Garryspillane, Co. Limerick, pleaded guilty to the charges, and received a fine of €1,150.

Judge Marion O Leary also ordered him to pay an additional €1,000 to the ISPCA toward the costs of the investigation.

Judge O Leary restricted Mr Looby from keeping dogs for a period of 18 months under section 58 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

Collie in vet with rope and hook attached.
Collie in vet with rope and hook attached.

ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspectors seized 37 dogs from Mr Looby’s farm on May 16, 2017 after they were alerted to the condition of the dogs on his property by May Humphries, a veterinary inspector for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The dogs, mostly Collies, were found in substandard conditions without access to clean drinking water. Many were flea-ridden, tightly chained in outhouses and sheds, and were weak and lethargic due to the lack of basic care.  

Dog chained tightly in shed.
Dog chained tightly in shed.

Two adult dogs and one puppy were also discovered deceased on the initial visit, having succumbed to neglect.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine brought the prosecution against Mr Looby, and was represented by Thomas Wallace O Donnell, BL.

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ISPCA Senior Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said failure to uphold the basic level of care of these animals is just not acceptable.

"The sheer number of them, and the way they were grossly neglected was deplorable. These dogs suffered greatly and it was shocking to see three of these animals had already died. We are grateful to the Department of Agriculture for alerting us to this case and for bringing this the prosecution.”

Pointer chained in shed with injured tail.
Pointer chained in shed with injured tail.

"Mr Looby’s Solicitor told the court that the dogs had been delivered to his property by another man, who chained them in different areas and advised that they be kept that way. He claimed the dogs were only there for 2 weeks, which was confirmed by Ms Humphries, who had visited the property during that time frame and did not see any dogs present.

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