Woman Convicted Of Animal Welfare Offences

A Belfast woman has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after she was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony.

Phyllis Burns of Rosapena Walk was handed a five month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, at Lisburn Magistrates Court.

The charges under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 date back to 2015.

Mrs Burns' crimes were uncovered when the Animal Welfare service attended a livery yard on the Colinglen Road in Dunmurry and found a pony suffering from a broken leg.
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A vet said the leg appeared to have been broken for some time and the dressing was not the work of a veterinary qualified person.

The vet determined that the animal should have received veterinary treatment long before it was discovered, but unfortunately the pony had never been cared for accordingly. The council contracted vet concluded "it was apparent the pony had been left to suffer for some time with no veterinary attention."

Mrs Burns was ordered to pay costs totalling £600 and is banned for keeping or having any involvement with animals for ten years.


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