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Larne man banned from keeping animals

By Claire Williamson

A man has been banned from owning animals for five years after three dogs in his care were found malnourished and in poor health.

Thomas Samways, from Victoria Road, Larne, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the animals, which have been rehomed and are now in good health.

On top of the ban he was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay legal costs of £119 following a hearing at Larne Magistrates Court.

Larne Borough Council had brought the charges against Mr Samways under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Director of environmental services for the council Philip Thompson said: "Larne Borough Council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and horses and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements.

"Complaints are investigated thoroughly and, where necessary, formal action is taken. This 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 case, which I hope serves as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals."

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