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Dog Cruelty Conviction For Antrim Woman

05 August 2015

Aliesha McLaverty, age 23, a former resident of Firmount Drive in Antrim, was sentenced at Antrim Magistrates Court today, 4th August 2015 after pleading guilty to causing the unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the welfare of a Labrador pup for which she was responsible. The charges were brought against Miss McLaverty by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011. The charges related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers regarding offences in April 2014, which related to a dog that had died of dehydration and starvation whilst in Miss McLaverty’s care.

Miss McLaverty’s was given a two month custodial sentence, suspended for two years. In addition Miss Mc Laverty was disqualified from the keeping of animals for a period of 5 years and ordered to pay legal costs of £119.

Clifford Todd, Head of Environmental Health for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council said: “Council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and horses and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements. Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, which may include the service of Improvement Notices or, in extreme cases, the seizure of animals.

“The Council will prosecute for offences such as in this particularly harrowing case, which I hope serves as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals.”