Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Judge may send man to jail over bull cruelty

A district judge has warned a cattle dealer at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court that he is considering giving him a jail sentence for the offence of causing cruelty to a bull.

The defendant, Gregory Boyd (44) from Main Street in Rasharkin, has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a bull as it was being transported to the Foyle Meats abattoir at Campsie on July 7 of last year.

Last month, the defendant's father, Samuel Boyd, also a cattle dealer from Rasharkin, was fined £750 after admitting permitting an act of cruelty to the same bull on the same date.

The bull’s injuries included cuts to the bull's flank and hind legs, a stumped and bloodied tail and multiple body sores, and meant that the animal had to be humanely destroyed.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that he was considering sending Gregory Boyd to jail because “he doesn't seem to care for the animals under his care”.

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