Letterkenny farmer banned from keeping dogs after conviction

A Letterkenny farmer has been banned from owning a dog for two years after he was convicted of “appalling” animal cruelty on Thursday.

A Letterkenny farmer has been banned from owning a dog for two years after he was convicted of “appalling” animal cruelty on Thursday.

Leslie Stewart of The Thorn, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty Letterkenny District Court to the cruelty of a dog at his farm on September 5, 2011.

ISPCA inspector Kevin McGinley told the court he was alerted to the health of the dog by a concerned member of the public and he attended the farm with Dog Warden Jackie Murphy.

They located the dog in a lane way dragging it back legs along the ground and was unable to walk on all fours.

There was large open wounds on the animals legs with “an offensive smell” emanating from the sores.

He contacted the owner who arrived at the site and told him the dog had been in that condition for “four to six months” after it was stood on by a horse.

When asked why he did not contact a vet the court heard he stated “What’s the point?”

Mr McGinley said he seized the dog which later had to be humanely put down because of the injuries.

The court heard Stewart has a previous conviction for a similar offence.

Solicitor, Kieran O’Gorman, said his 64-year-old client lived alone on his farm and didn’t want to put the dog down after it got injured but realises it should have been.

The ISPCA inspector said he still has concerns regarding animals on the defendants farm.

Judge Paul Kelly viewed pictures of the injured dog and said it was “appalling.”

He fined Stewart €300 with €151.48 in costs and banned him from owning a dog for two years.