A MAN has been banned from keeping animals for 15 years after four dogs were found in “unbearable” conditions alongside rotting animal carcasses.
Andrew McAuley (58), of Braepark Road near Ballyclare, pleaded guilty at Laganside Magistrates Court to causing unnecessary suffering and failure to ensure the welfare of four dogs that were in his care.
The charges were brought against McAuley by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.
He was also handed an eight month jail sentence suspended for three years and ordered to pay costs of £217.
Two dogs were found inside a car that was covered in snow in sub-zero conditions, steeped in urine, soiled with dog faeces and containing bird carcasses.
Council’s animal welfare officer described the smell as “unbearable.”
Another dog was found roaming on site. All the dogs had no access to fresh water, food and were living in poor conditions.
An application for a Disposal Order in respect of a second case involving McAuley was also heard.
This order was granted in respect of 17 dogs being held in the care of the council for which new homes have now been identified with assistance of local charities.
A spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Animal Welfare Team said: “We are pleased with the outcome of this case. Council gives a high priority to the enforcement of the welfare of domestic pets and horses.
“We operate a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements. Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, which may include the service of Improvement Notices, or in extreme cases, 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.”
For more information on animal welfare and how to report any abuse go to www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/animalwelfare