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Northern Ireland woman caused suffering to elderly dog with cancer

German Shepherd Bruno.
German Shepherd Bruno.

A 45-year-old Ballymena woman has been given 120 hours community service after causing unnecessary suffering to her elderly dog.

Amanda Kernohan, of Orkney Drive, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to her German Shepherd dog contrary to section 4 of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

The charge was brought against Kernohan by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers regarding concerns over the welfare of the dog, known as Bruno.

Council’s Animal Welfare Officers, found Bruno in an emaciated, dehydrated state, suffering from a large untreated cancerous tumour, and was unable to stand.

After a guilty plea by the defendant was entered, District Judge Broderick imposed 120 hours community service, and ordered to pay costs of £268.

A Mid and East Antrim Borough Council spokesperson said that the council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements.

"Officers have a number of enforcement options available to them and will try to work with those responsible for animals," the spokesperson said.

"However where there is unsatisfactory improvement, such as in this case significant enforcement powers are available to Council Officers to ensure matters are fully investigated and anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals will be brought before the courts.”

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