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Antrim woman Nakita Coulter convicted for failing to ensure welfare of Staffordshire bull terrier type dog

An Antrim woman has been convicted for failing to ensure the welfare of her dog.

Nakita Coulter (26), a resident of the Castlemara area in Carrickfergus, was sentenced at Laganside Magistrates Court in Belfast on Tuesday.

The charge was brought against Coulter by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

The charge for failing to ensure the welfare of a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog related to findings following an investigation by Council’s Animal Welfare Officers in April 2013, concerning a dog in Coulter’s care.

Coulter was given a conditional discharge for a period of two years and ordered to pay £366 costs to Council.

A Mid and East Antrim Borough Council spokesperson said the conviction should serve as a warning to any person who does not take appropriate care of animals.

“Council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements," he said.

"Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, which may include the service of Improvement Notices or, in extreme cases, the seizure of animals.

"The Council may also prosecute for offences such as in this particularly challenging case, which I hope serves as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals."

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