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Man who broke puppy's leg fined €100

Going from bench back to court wouldn't be easy
Going from bench back to court wouldn't be easy

Brendan Grehan

A MAN who broke a puppy's leg and tried to strangle her has been fined €100 by Tallaght Court.

Kevin Louin's housemate suspected he was injuring her four-month-old beagle puppy and recorded him assaulting the puppy on an iPad she left in the kitchen of the house they shared together with others.

On January 19, 2014, two gardai from Tallaght responded to a call at Alderwood Avenue in Tallaght. Sergeant Bernard Jones said the owner of the puppy told them that he dog had sustained a number of unexplained injuries over the previous few months. The owner of the dog told the gardai that she began to suspect that one of her housemates, Louin, was hurting the dog on purpose.

The woman left her iPad hidden in the kitchen on January 19 and left her house for a short while. Sgt Jones said that when she returned she looked at the footage on the iPad . The footage showed Louin pulling the beagle puppy from the dog bed in the kitchen. The footage showed him sitting on the dog causing it to yelp in pain. Sgt Jones said thart on the date the gardai attended on Alderwood Avenue, the dog had a broken  paw and this was evident from the footage.Louin also tried to strangle the dog.

Louin, aged 32, with an address at Exchange Hall, Belgard Square, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to cruelly beat, kick, torture and terrify a six-month old  Beagle pup contrary to Section 1 of the Protection of Animals Act, 1911 as amended by Section 48 of the Protection of Animals Act, 1965 and the Control of Horses Act, 1996.

Sgt Jones said Louin later came to Tallaght Garda Station and gave a voluntary cautioned statement where he admitted kicking the dog on several occasions, even ones that that were unknown to the owner of the dog.

He was shown the iPad video and admitted to the gardai that he tried to sit on the puppy and tried to strangle her.Sgt Jones said Louin had no previous convictions. He said Louin moved out after the incident.

Louin, who is originally from France, represented himself.

Judge Lindsay fined him €100.

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