#TheList Theresa McGahey, of Fort Street, Belfast BT12 7BH – starved her pet dog to death; another one was also starving but recovered
Irresponsible McGahey’s appalling neglect was discovered after she contacted Belfast City Council to ask them to remove the dog’s body. A council official discovered the dead brindle-coloured Staffy, named Tyson, lying in the rear yard of the property.
The court heard that a second “extremely skinny” Staffordshire Bull Terrier was lying on top of the dead body of her companion, alive but in a “poor state.”
When found, Tyson weighed just 7kg against a normal weight for the breed of 17kg. A vet later determined ulcers were found in Tyson’s stomach, which compounded with starvation would have led to a “painful and miserable” death in “appalling conditions.”
It was concluded that Tyson had died in “considerable distress” and in “filthy conditions”. As well as starving the dog, McGahey also failed to obtain medical treatment which amounted to “a criminal act that went on over a period of time” as it would have taken the dog “days if not weeks to starve”.
Court documents stated McGahey’s abuse of Tyson occurred over a 14-month period between January 2016 and March 2017.
Backyard breeder McGahey, who frequently advertised puppies for sale via Facebook, initially claimed Tyson had been poisoned and denied having deprived him of food.
It’s understood the other dog found at her home has since been returned to health and rehomed.
When local newspaper Sunday Life called to McGahey’s property and asked about the dog starving to death, she said: “And what?”
McGahey received a conditional discharge for 12 months and banned from keeping animals for life under Section 33 of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.