#TheList Mary Haughian, born c. 1983, of Hill Street, Lurgan BT66 – caught on camera kicking a young puppy in the street
Mary Haughian pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the 13-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier puppy when she was captured on CCTV kicking him twice as she walked along Union Street in Lurgan.
Haughian walked free from court, however, after being handed a two-year conditional discharge. She was also banned from keeping animals for five years.
District Judge Bernie Kelly warned Haughian that if she failed to pay the £664 costs of kennelling the unnamed pup she would face “up to four weeks’ imprisonment”.
Ordering her to give up a pet cat she also has, the judge added that she hoped the puppy would now be brought up “in a warm and loving home”.
“As human beings and fully fledged adults we have responsibilities in this world such as to the vulnerable, elderly and children,” Judge Kelly told Haughian. “We also have a duty to animals… that we choose to have about us – there’s a responsibility that goes with animal ownership.”
The upsetting footage showed Haughian walking the pup, which she then drags in front of her and boots twice.
Within hours of the video being posted on Facebook hundreds of people had expressed their revulsion and more than 1,000 people had shared the footage.
Police later posted pictures of the rescued pup with the message: “You may recognise this little guy from a video that’s done the rounds on social media this evening.
“Thanks to those who reported it, here he is pictured in the safe arms of ‘A’, who I’m told he’s taken a bit of a shine to.
“Little Pupper is now safe with a recognised breeder. An investigation is now underway and his owner will be answering some questions about animal cruelty offences.”
Sentencing: conditional discharge; costs; five-year ban on keeping animals.