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Ballymena woman pleads guilty to cruelty against dog

The German Shepherd which was found to have suffered serious, sustained neglect. Credit: Mid and East Antrim Council

A Ballymena woman has been fined after pleading guilty to causing suffering to a one-year-old German Shepherd dog.

Cathy-Lee McGuire, 25 and formerly of Shanowen in the Co Antrim town, was convicted at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Charges had been brought against her by Mid and East Antrim Council after the dog was found during an inspection by an Animal Welfare Officer at McGuire’s property in back in February 2014.

It was severely emaciated, with all the bones of its pelvis and spine visible and its face sunken.

The dog has since been successfully rehomed.

This animal was found in a dreadful condition and it was apparent that it had suffered unacceptable neglect over a sustained period.

– Mid and East Antrim Council

McGuire pleaded guilty in court to two charges, namely causing unnecessary suffering to the animal and failing to ensure its welfare.

She was fined £300 and ordered to pay veterinary, kennelling and legal costs totalling £580.25.

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.

“Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, including being brought before the courts.”