A man from Lurgan was fined for an “unpleasant offense” of leaving a goat unattended, resulting in his death from injuries.
David Crawford of Inglewood, pleaded guilty to animal welfare offenses following prosecution in Craigavon County Court, sitting before Judge Brady via Sightlink on Tuesday, October 5.
Crawford has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure animal welfare under the Animal Welfare Act (NI) 2011.
On March 3, 2020, an animal protection officer investigated an incident in Derrycrow Road, Derrytrasna, where an unattended goat was discovered tied with a plasticized wire that had become tangled, which prevented the animal from moving, was barely conscious and struggling to breathe.
The animal protection officer contacted a local vet and was ordered to take the animal to the office where the vet attempted to treat the animal, but later died due to the seriousness of the injuries. .
In court, it was ruled that Crawford failed to ensure that the animal was properly tied up, which placed him at risk of injury, which is an offense under Section 9 Welfare of Animals (NI) 2011 and, as a result, the animal suffered needlessly. , which constitutes an offense under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2011 (NI).
Judge Brady noted that this was a “nasty offense” in sentencing. Mr Crawford appeared with his lawyer via Sightlink and was fined £ 750 for each complaint, ordered to pay £ 200 in court costs, £ 80 in court costs and a £ 15 fee.
A Council spokesperson said: “There is no excuse, under any circumstances, for acts of animal neglect like this. We will continue to prosecute those who do not care about animal welfare and use all enforcement powers at our disposal to take action against anyone guilty of harm or cruelty.
We ask if anyone has any concerns regarding the safety or welfare of an animal to report it to the council at T: 028 3751 5800 or by email at [email protected] “
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