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Derry man jailed for animal cruelty after dragging puppy like a 'dead weight' along the ground

By Eamonn MacDermott

A 40-year-man has been jailed at Derry Magistrate's Court for two counts of animal cruelty.

Patrick Collins of Lower Nassau Street in Derry admitted the offences of causing unnecessary suffering to a puppy and failing to properly care for the animal on August 1.

The court was told police were called to a shop in the Park Avenue and told the defendant was seen dragging a pup by the lead.

The puppy was said to be lying on its side and was being dragged like a 'dead weight'.

Police called at the defendant's house and he answered the door but quickly went back inside.

Officers followed and observed Collins lifting the puppy by the ears and then holding it in his arms.

The puppy was unresponsive and was taken to a vet who found its heart rate was slow and it had a very low temperature.

It also had cuts on all four of its paw pads.

Initially it was thought the puppy would not survive but after care and treatment it lived.

On August 2 Collins was interviewed and said the cuts came from the dog having had its first walk the previous day.

He told police he did not believe he had done anything wrong.

Collins then began abusing police and accused them of attacking the dog.

Defence solicitor Mr Kevin Casey said his client accepted his guilt.

He said at the time Collins was 'clearly not able to look after himself never mind an animal. '

The solicitor said his behaviour was unacceptable not only in terms of the puppy but also in terms of his so for whom the dog had been bought.

He asked the court to take into account the fact that the puppy had survived.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the pup survived due to the excellent care of the vet.

He said that when Collins was challenged by a shop assistant he launched 'a volley of abuse' and also gave police 'a volley of abuse and made the bizarre claim police they had beaten the dog. '

Collins was jailed for three months, given a lifetime ban on owning a pet and ordered to pay costs of £909.

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