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Ballymena woman treated dog so badly it had to be put down

A Ballymena woman has plead guilty to failing to ensure the welfare of a dog in her care which subsequently had to be put down.

Nichola McAvoy (42) formerly a resident of Dunclug Park in Ballymena, was sentenced after pleading guilty at Ballymena Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

The charge was brought against McAvoy 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 boxer type dog related to findings following an investigation by the council’s animal welfare officers in March 2014, concerning a dog in McAvoy’s care.

The dog had to be put down on veterinary advice.

McAvoy was given a conditional discharge for a period of one year and ordered to pay £169.60 costs to the council.

A Mid and East Antrim Borough Council spokesman said: “Council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements.

"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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