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Justice Minister Naomi Long

Justice Minister Naomi Long

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Justice Minister Naomi Long

An animal protection charity has called for an increase in prosecutions for cruelty offences in Northern Ireland.

The plea from the Ulster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) came after it emerged nearly 240 such offences had been tackled by courts here in three years.

Out of 236 prosecutions to the end of 2019, a total of 167 led to convictions.