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Man fined £4,500 after animals kept in 'appalling' conditions

Two hawks found in the Douglas man's property have been sent to a UK sanctuary. Photo: IOM Constabulary

A man has been fined £4,500 for animal neglect and banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

The defendant, from the Isle of Man, was found guilty of two offences relating to the illegal possession of two birds of prey and further offences of cruelty to two dogs.

The animals were all found at a Douglas address in August 2016 after a search operation.

The authorities had been tipped off that the hawks were being kept in poor conditions and without the required license to keep birds of prey.

Police and the Manx Society for the Protection of Animals also found the dogs whilst inside the property.

The dogs are now awaiting new homes and the hawks have been sent to a bird sanctuary in England.

It took the MSPCA 3 to 4 months of regular washing to remove the urine staining. Credit: IOM Constabulary

"The dogs in particular were located in appalling conditions, both were underweight with prominent back bones and located in a single down stairs toilet, on a urine soaked piece of foam surrounded by extensive faeces, with no food or water readily available. "We will continue to work alongside the MSPCA and other agencies to ensure that offenders of this nature are brought before the courts and, if guilty, that the fines imposed on them reflect this robust approach."

– Ramsey PC Mark Kerruish, Wildlife Officer