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Belfast man John McCormick banned from keeping dogs for causing unnecessary suffering to Staffordshire Bull Terriers

A Belfast man has been banned from keeping any animal for two years after he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to his two Staffordshire Bull Terrier dogs.

John McCormick, of Glenrosa Link, was also given 100 hours community service and placed under 12 months’ probation. He was also ordered to pay £200 vet fees and £67 in court costs at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

As well as causing unnecessary suffering to the animals he was also found guilty of failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the welfare needs of the animals were met under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Meanwhile, other dog owners were fined in separate prosecutions for other offences.

For allowing their dogs to stray on separate occasions, Rosario Lavelle from Ormeau Road, Jean Barnes from Bloomfield Drive and Niamh Flood from Holmdene Gardens were fined £150 each and ordered to pay £70 in court costs.

Seamus Murphy of Clowney Street was fined £150 for allowing his dog to foul on the street and a further £150 for having no licence for his pet when the offences were detected in April as well as ordered to pay £70 in court costs.

Peter Kirker of Heath Lodge Drive was given a £150 fine for having no licence for his dog and also ordered to pay £70 in court costs when the offence was also detected in April.

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