Waterside, Londonderry: Samantha Kerrigan

#TheList Samantha Kerrigan, born 01/08/1985, of Spencer Road, Londonderry BT47 – for the abandonment of a dog that was found hanging, alive, from a first-floor window of Kerrigan’s home

Animal abuser Samantha Kerrigan from Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Samantha Kerrigan is banned from keeping animals for ten years after leaving a dog to starve in an empty house

Samantha Kerrigan admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal on or before 1 October 2017.

The court heard that police were called to an address in Spencer Road after reports of a dog hanging from a first-floor window.

Members of the public got a ladder and rescued the dog, a female Bull Terrier.

Police forced entry into the flat and there was a strong smell of dog excreta.

The court heard the dog drank two litres of water in a very short space of time when given it by police and also ate food.

A vet determined that the dog was in danger of falling out the window and had been neglected with no access to water and being left alone in the flat.

The defendant contacted police to confirm ownership of the animal but failed to attend for interview.

The court was told the dog was euthanised a month later. The reason for this is unclear.

Defence solicitor, Maoiliosa Barr, said Kerrigan would class herself as an animal lover. He said that Kerrigan suffered from addiction issues and added she was “barely able to look after herself never mind anything else.”

The solicitor said that the dog was supposed to go to a friend of her partner but he had been sent to prison so she had taken the dog.

He said she was “very upset” when she heard what happened to the dog.

District Judge Barney McElholm said if it wasn’t for Kerrigan’s health she would have gone straight to prison.

Sentencing: eight months in prison suspended for two years. A 10-year ban on keeping any animals.

Derry Now

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