Larne, County Antrim: Marlene McDonagh and David Moore

#TheList Marlene McDonagh, born 12/07/1962, and David Moore, aged 56, from Loughdoo Road, Larne – pleaded guilty to animal cruelty involving 12 dogs, four cats and two guinea pigs

Marlene McDonagh and David Moore received suspended prison sentences despite their cruelty towards 12 dogs, four cats and two guinea pigs
Marlene McDonagh and David Moore received suspended prison sentences despite their cruelty towards 12 dogs, four cats and two guinea pigs

Hypocrites McDonagh and partner Moore claimed to be animal welfare campaigners.  McDonagh is also well known in German Shepherd show and breeding circles.

Convicted animal abuser Marlene McDonagh from Larne
Marlene McDonagh claimed to be an animal welfare campaigner and was also well known in German Shepherd breeding and showing circles

Charges were brought against the pair following an investigation by council Animal Welfare Officers.

The officers at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council took the case under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Officers reported that :

  • A number of animals were severely matted with faeces stuck to their coats.
  • A number of dogs living inside the home were living in dirty conditions.
  • Several of the internal rooms had litter trays overflowing and with faeces also present on the floor.
  • The main bedroom housed seven chihuahuas and a Jack Russell terrier.
  • The floor was covered in puppy pads, urine and faeces.
  • Two guinea pigs found at the property had grossly overgrown nails.
  • A German Shepherd found at the property had faeces stuck to his severely matted coat and had a bilateral ear infection which was causing pain.
  • The German Shepherd also had proprioceptive deficits in the hind legs and remains unable to walk properly.
  • Five dogs and one cat had to be shaved as their coats were so matted.

McDonagh and Moore pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the welfare of the animals contrary to section 9 of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Animal abusers Marlene McDonagh and David Moore from Larne, Co Antrim
German Shepherd Gus was discovered in very poor condition but is recovering thanks to the efforts of rescue group German Shepherd RRR
Animal abusers Marlene McDonagh and David Moore from Larne, Co Antrim
Ovegrown nails on a guinea pig neglected by so-called animal welfare campaigners Marlene McDonagh and David Moore.

A spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said: “The Council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements.

“Officers have a number of enforcement options available to them and will try to work with those responsible for animals. However where there is unsatisfactory improvement, such as in this case significant enforcement powers are available to Council Officers to ensure matters are fully investigated and anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals will be brought before the courts.”

Speaking about the paltry sentencing of the couple, a spokesman for German Shepherd RRR which is one of the sanctuaries that took in the animals, said: “We appreciate all the hard work by the welfare officers at the council to expose this disgusting situation but we are deeply disappointed at the sentencing of McDonagh and Moore.

“We continue our call for strict controls on people who are responsible for the welfare of animals, tougher sentences for convicts, an offenders’ register so there is more of a deterrent for people who feel it is acceptable to treat animals in such an appalling manner.

“At least we can name and shame these two. We can only continue to hope for lifetime bans for people convicted of animal cruelty.”

Sentencing:
Four-month custodial sentence, suspended for three years. Moore was ordered to pay costs including kennelling, veterinary and legal fees totalling £4,300. 

McDonagh and Moore were both and disqualified from keeping animals for at least five years except for two dogs and a fish.

BelfastLive

Update 20/12/2018:  it was reported that Marlene McDonagh had her ban from keeping animals lifted on appeal.

4 thoughts on “Larne, County Antrim: Marlene McDonagh and David Moore”

  1. It a disgrace the way they treated those poor animals , they should have gone to jail not get a suspended sentence what those poor animals want through I do hope they will find a forever home in the future .

  2. it says they have both been “disqualified from keeping animals for at least five years except for two dogs and a fish” WHAT!!!! Why are they allowed 2 dogs ever never mind now and what is the 5 years all about they will be just as cruel then as now!! BOTH should never be allowed to own animals of any kind ever again in their lives!!! I am disgusted…

  3. People like these two need to go to jail, Judges also need to be jailed for letting such a miscarriage of justice take place in his court. what kind of signal does this send out to other people ???? Oh it must be ok to treat animals like dirt. And get away with it.

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