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Belfast women banned from keeping animals for life after letting dogs starve to death

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Two Belfast women pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs, a Jack Russell and Staffordshire Bull Terrier –in a case brought by Belfast City Council.

Ms Sandra Mullen and Ms Julie Mullen from Cambrai Street were each sentenced to 150 hours community service and banned from keeping animals for life after appearing at Belfast Crown Court on Thursday.

Costs of £250 each were also awarded against the defendants.

The case was brought after an Animal Welfare Officer visited Sandra Mullen’s home on 3 October 2016 following a call from a concerned member of the public. They found the bodies of two dogs, both of which appeared to be emaciated and significantly underweight. 

The women admitted that they had noticed the dogs losing weight but they had not taken the dogs to the vet.

A post mortem examination was carried out which concluded that neither dog was suffering from an underlying disease.

The veterinary opinion was that both dogs died of starvation and that their death would have been painful and miserable.

The report said that the Jack Russell Terrier, which weighed 1kg should have weighed around 5kg while the Staffordshire Bull Terrier weighed 7kg instead of around 15kg. 

A council spokesperson said: “The welfare of all animals is a high priority for Belfast City Council which operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

“All complaints are investigated thoroughly and in extreme and harrowing cases as with this investigation, the Council will prosecute for offences to serve as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals.”

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