06/11/2020

Portadown Man Banned From Keeping Animals For Ten Years

A Co Armagh man has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after he was found guilty of failing to ensure the welfare of animals.

Charges were brought against Mr Lloyd Fowler of Drumcree Grove, Portadown following a complaint about two dogs being kept in unsuitable conditions in September 2019.

An animal welfare officer deemed the interior of the house to be in an "extremely unsanitary state", noting numerous empty cans of dog food inside.

Mr Fowler was convicted at Craigavon Magistrates' Court, sitting in Lisburn Courthouse via Sightlink, on Tuesday 03 November. He was also fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £172.
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During initial investigations into the case, a vet determined that both dogs be removed from the property due to the "poor conditions they were being subjected to".

Mr Fowler subsequently signed both dogs over on a voluntary basis. They have each since been placed in a new home.

A council spokesperson commented: "This case serves as a reminder that the Council will bring forward legal proceedings against those who do not take reasonable steps to ensure the welfare of their animals.

"Cases of cruelty and neglect should be reported to the Animal Welfare team who will use enforcement powers to fully investigate all cases and take formal action, which may include the issuing of Improvement Notices, and in the most serious of cases, removing animals and the prosecution of offenders."

Members of the public with concerns for the welfare of an animal are urged to report it to the relevant local council.



(JG)

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