Ballymena woman ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work after causing unnecessary suffering to her elderly dog Bruno

A Ballymena woman has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work after causing unnecessary suffering to her elderly dog called Bruno.

Amanda Kernohan (45) of Orkney Drive, Ballymena, was sentenced at Ballymena Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to an animal welfare related offence.

The charge brought against Kernohan by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011 related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers regarding concerns over the welfare of a German Shepherd dog called 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.

Kernohan was convicted for causing unnecessary suffering to Bruno.

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

Afterwards, a Mid and East Antrim Borough Council spokesperson said: “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.

“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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