Derry City and Strabane District Council vow to continue clamp down on neglectful animal owners

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Derry City and Strabane District Council has stressed that it will continue to clamp down on irresponsible or neglectful animal owners, following the successful prosecution of a dog owner found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her two pet huskies.

Amy Denby, Eglinton, Derry, was sentenced at Derry Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two husky dogs in her care on or before October 2014.

The Defendant was also charged with failing to look after the welfare needs of the two husky dogs.

Derry City and Strabane District Council has stressed that it will continue to clamp down on irresponsible or neglectful animal owners, following the successful prosecution of a dog owner found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her two pet huskies.

Amy Denby, Eglinton, Derry, was sentenced at Derry Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two husky dogs in her care on or before October 2014.

The Defendant was also charged with failing to look after the welfare needs of the two husky dogs.

The charges were brought against Ms Denby by Derry City and Strabane District Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

The charges related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers in relation to a dead husky dog found at the property by PSNI and a further dog found to be in poor condition and extremely emaciated, with its ribs showing and the bones of its skull and neck protruding.

Ms Denby received a lifetime ban from keeping any animal and received a three month suspended sentence for two years with costs awarded for £2,766.

Commenting after the proceedings, a spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District 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.