Bail terms set in animal cruelty case in Listowel

A Listowel man has been banned from owning any four-legged animal 'larger than a domestic cat' while he awaits trial on 12 separate charges under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Thomas Doyle of Fourhane, Listowel appeared in court in Listowel on Thursday where he was charged with causing unnecessary suffering or endangering the health of a number of goats and a pony and failing to supply the animals with sufficient, uncontaminated water - among other charges - at his address on November 18 last.

In total, Mr Doyle faces 12 charges under the Animal Health and Wefare Act, all of which were adjourned for hearing until February 1, 2018.

At Thursday's court sitting, Sergeant Kieran O'Connor asked that a condition of Mr Doyle's bail be that he not be allowed keep any large animals. When asked by Judge James O'Connor to specify what he meant by 'large animals', Sgt O'Connor said 'any four-legged animal larger than a domestic cat'.

Mr Doyle told the court that he is currently the owner of a number of goats, chickens, ferrets and rabbits, but undertook to get rid of the goats 'by the end of the day'.