Six sent to trial for Ashton Dog Pound investigation

SIX PEOPLE, INCLUDING a veterinarian and the owner of Ashton pound in Dublin, have been sent for trial on charges of animal cruelty offenses.

The River Road shelter, Castleknock, had operated a dog-sitting service for the greater Dublin area. However, an animal welfare investigation began last year into the treatment and deaths of dogs.

A veterinarian, the owner of the pound, the manager and three other staff were charged earlier and appeared in Dublin District Court today.

Guard Sgt. Paul Keane handed them books of evidence.

State attorney Anna Bridgeman told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to stand trial on indictment.

Judge John Lindsay has agreed to grant the remand order to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on January 28. Copies of Garda’s interview videos must be provided to the defense

Judge Lindsay warned they had 14 days to notify the prosecution if they had any alibis.

Manager Donal Moroney, 67, of Ayrfield Drive, Coolock, Dublin, is accused of allowing another “layman” to kill and cause unnecessary suffering to a white Bichon Frize man.

A controlled drug called Release, which is to be administered intravenously, was reportedly given to the animal orally at the pound on July 24 of last year.

The drug was also administered orally to a fawn-colored male Akita causing unnecessary suffering on the same date.

On July 28, Mr. Moroney allegedly hampered investigator Garda Aine McQuillan by failing to comply with a requirement given the day before not to move the Akita from her kennel.

He is accused of not attracting the attention of a veterinarian immediately for this dog after the investigating guard made it a requirement.

His other charges relate to breaches of animal remedy regulations.

Veterinarian Sydney Nagle, 62, domiciled in Oaks, Hollystown, Dublin 15, was charged with possession of the controlled drug Release at the dog pound on July 14, 2020, in violation of drug laws and regulations.

Mr Nagle, of Cara Veterinary Hospital, Ballycoolin, D.15 is also accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a male, fawn Akita and a white male Bichon Frize, at the pound, on July 24 of the last year, contrary to section 12 (1) of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

He is charged with causing and allowing another person to kill a protected animal on the same date.

The veterinarian is also accused of failing to keep records of purchases and sales, quantities administered, lot numbers and serial numbers of prescriptions as of July 29, 2020.

It also has a charge to allow a person to have an animal remedy designated for use by a veterinarian only.

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Pound owner David Stone, 63, with an address in Hazelbrook, Loughlinstown, Ratoath, Co. Meath, faces three charges under the Animal Health and Welfare Act. He is accused of causing unnecessary suffering to the male fawn Akita and the white male Bichon Frize at the pound on July 24 of last year.

Mr. Stone is also charged with killing, causing or authorizing another person to kill a protected animal on the same date.

Gordon Markey Quinn, 22, of Nangle Court, Windtown, Navan, Co. Meath, and Tamara Philips, 24, of Westway Rise, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 and Raymond Connolly, 53, of Claddagh Green, Ballyfermot, Dublin, font facing the same charges against Akita and Bichon Frize, as well as causing or allowing the killing of a protected animal on July 24, 2020.

Mr Connolly faces an additional charge of obstructing custody investigation at the pound four days later.

They did not indicate how they would plead.

Mr. Nagle and Stone did not seek legal aid, but it was granted to the other co-defendants following requests from their lawyers. Impound manager Moroney will be represented by senior legal aid counsel.

His lawyer Danica Kinane told the court that Mr. Moroney would “fully challenge” the charges against him.

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