Ban for Belfast man who deserted 153 pigeons
A north Belfast man who abandoned more than 150 pigeons has been given a suspended sentence and banned for keeping animals for 15 years.
Harry Todd, from Joanmount Park, was convicted at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday of causing his dog unnecessary suffering and for abandoning the pigeons at an address on Ballysillan Road.
He was sentenced to five months, suspended for 12 months. The prosecution was taken by Belfast City Council after a report from a member of the public. The person also told council staff that the carcass of a dog was in an upstairs room of the property.
Animal welfare officers attended with a vet on November 2, 2017, and found the partially skeletonised remains of a dog.
They also found a number of dead pigeons and 153 pigeons deemed to be suffering were also removed from the property.
Todd was also ordered to pay costs of £79.