Co Down Man Sentenced For Mistreating Dog

A County Down man has been banned from keeping animals for five years after causing unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the welfare of a dog in his care.

Tyrone Whiteside, a resident of Dickson Park in Seapatrick, appeared at Banbridge Magistrates Court on Monday 02 September after a dog in poor physical condition was discovered at his property in 2019.

The dog was taken into the care of the council after an assessment by a veterinary surgeon determined that the dog was likely to suffer.
News Image
A case was then brought against Mr Whiteside by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council under the provisions of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011. In addition to being disqualified from owning, keeping and participating in the keeping of animals, he was fined £150 and also ordered to pay an offender's levy of £15.

A council spokesperson commented: "This ruling will hopefully serve as a reminder that anyone who owns a pet must take proper steps to care for them, as required under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011. The council will take action against anyone who fails to ensure the welfare of an animal. Where necessary, they will brought before the courts and dealt with appropriately.

"Cases of cruelty and neglect can be reported to our Animal Welfare team who will investigate fully and use enforcement powers – from issuing improvement notices and removing animals to prosecuting offenders in the most serious of cases."

To contact the Animal Welfare team, call 028 3751 5800 or email animalwelfare@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

27 February 2020
Meet The NI Couple Transforming The Funeral Industry
A L'Derry couple has set out to transform the funeral industry by thinking outside the box. The death industry as it's cheerily known is not the most obviously appealing when it comes to career pathways, but 'death care tech' hopes to bring the age old sector right into the 21st century.
25 February 2020
Minister Welcomes Health Union Breakthrough
The Health Minister has welcomed the breakthrough on pay parity and safe staffing as unions accept his offer. Unison, Unite and the Royal College of Nursing had taken industrial action for several months in dispute of pay and staffing levels.
21 February 2020
NI Charity Advocates For Youths Growing Up In Care
A local charity is calling on the United Nations to officially designate Care Day as the International Day of Care Experienced People to support children and young people who are or have been in care.
06 February 2007
15-dogs handed over in Ballymena dangerous dog amnesty
Fifteen pit-bull type dogs have been put down during the dangerous dogs amnesty imposed by Ballymena Borough Council.
05 September 2019
Co Antrim Pair Sentenced For Starving Dogs
A man and woman from Co Antrim are banned from keeping animals after they pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs. Danielle Agnew (26) and Ryan O'Neill (29) formerly of Larne Road in Carrickfergus appeared before Laganside Magistrates Court on Thursday 29 August.