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Northern Ireland Woman Pleads Guilty To Causing Unnecessary Suffering Of An Animal

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A Belfast woman who pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal was sentenced at Belfast Crown Court today.

Belfast City Council took the case against Teresa McGahey, under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011. Ms McGahey was the keeper of a brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier dog that was caused unnecessary suffering between 1 January 2016 and 3 March 2017.

Ms McGahey received a conditional discharge for 12 months and was banned from keeping animals for life under Section 33 of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

A council spokesperson said “We are committed to investigating all complaints thoroughly and in extreme and harrowing cases as with this investigation, the Council will prosecute for offences to serve as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals.”

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