#TheList Thomas Cross, 13 Grove Heights, Robertstown, County Kildare, Ireland – allowed his two boxer dogs to become so emaciated they were close to death
Cross pleaded guilty in Naas District Court on Monday 5 November 2018 to two counts of animal cruelty relating to the dogs.
The case originated after an ISPCA Inspector visiting the Co. Kildare property in January 2017 discovered the two boxer dogs in an extremely poor physical state and living in deplorable conditions.
The dogs were extremely emaciated and upon examination a vet confirmed that they were suffering from severe malnutrition with their ribs and vertebrae visibly protruding.
One dog had lesions along his back and hind legs, severely overgrown nails, and the tip of his tail had been damaged and was bleeding intermittently.
The other dog had dark discharge and scabs on his ears, his teeth were worn down and there was also evidence of chronic gingivitis.
Veterinary Surgeon Ann Neville outlined the condition of the dogs to the court, describing the animals as “near death”. Photographs taken at the time were handed into the court for consideration by the Judge.
ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “The conditions these dogs were kept in is simply shocking. There is no excuse and failure to provide the basic level of care for these dogs was just not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
“The ISPCA will do all that we can to improve the welfare for all animals in Ireland and members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report cruelty online in confidence”
The dogs, later named Ace and Artie, made a full recovery and were also rehomed together where they are enjoying life in a fabulous new home in Dundrum, Co. Dublin.
Sentencing: two consecutive four-month terms of imprisonment (eight months in total); fined €5,000 with twelve months to pay and total costs of €2,400