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Carrickfergus pair on cruelty rap over dogs, hamsters and a gecko

A man and woman have appeared in court accused of failing to look after a string of pets including dogs, hamsters and a gecko in their tiny bungalow home.

David Coppen and Irene Willis have been charged with offences in relation to the alleged condition in which eight animals were found by animal welfare officers.

According to court documents, the pair had two Staffordshire bull terriers and a tan terrier which they failed to meet the needs of including protecting them from "pain, suffering, injury and disease".

They both face the same charge in relation to three hamsters and of causing one of them to suffer unnecessarily, all of which were also found at their home in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.

A further charge against them in relation to a gecko state they failed to keep it in such an environment so that it could "exhibit normal behaviour patterns".

A final offence claims they failed to meet the needs of a canary in their possession, namely by protecting it from "pain, suffering, injury and disease".

All the offences are dated to a single day in October 2018 following a visit from officers of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The pair, who live on Elizabeth Avenue in the town, had their case mentioned before Belfast Departmental Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

It was adjourned due to Covid-19 restrictions until September 1.

Belfast Telegraph