Saturday 24 February 2018

Neglect of dog 'worst case' judge has seen

The Great Dane dog abused
The Great Dane dog abused

A WOMAN who starved her Great Dane to half his ideal weight has been told by a judge it was the worst case of animal neglect he has ever seen.

Tallaght District Court heard that Rita Doherty's Great Dane should have weighed 60kg but instead weighed a mere 34kg.

Doherty was before Judge Anthony Halpin for a pre-sentence report yesterday where he said it "was the worst case I have ever seen of animal neglect".

"It's disgraceful," he added.

Doherty (47) pleaded guilty to cruelly ill-treating a Great Dane dog at her address at Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, contrary to Section 1 of the Protection of Dogs Act, 1911, on December 22, 2012.

Garda McLoughlin told the court that on the above date he took a report in relation to a dog that had been taken by the DSPCA.

He said he went to the DSPCA's pound and examined the dog and said it was in "a pretty poor condition".


He later went to Doherty's house and told her she could be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

Gda McLoughlin said he got a report from the vet which said the dog was malnourished. He added that, according to the vet, the dog should have weighed 60kg but it weighed 34kg.

The dog has made a full recovery and has been rehoused with a different family.

The court also heard it was the vet's opinion that the dog had suffered protein and calorie malnourishment or starvation.

Judge Halpin commented that looking at the photographs of the dog he could see its skeleton through the skin. He adjourned the case to a date in March for the restorative justice report.

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