Woman avoids animal welfare conviction over her dog’s condition – The Irish Times

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A woman has avoided an animal welfare conviction for the condition of her dog, described as “eaten alive by maggots”, after paying €3,000 in court costs and a charitable donation.

Chloe Rogers (25), of South Circular Road, Rialto, Dublin, has pleaded guilty to an offense under the Animal Health and Welfare Act for neglecting her 14-year-old Japanese Spitz and causing suffering useless on September 2, 2021.

After an eight-week adjournment, Judge Halpin said she had complied with her order to pay court costs and donate to charity. He enforced the law on probation for offenders, sparing him a conviction.

Judge Halpin heard the dog had been handed over to the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA).

After the dog was caught, it was discovered to have a large spleen tumor, bacterial infection and endocarditis, and had to be euthanized, DSPCA veterinarian Elise O’Bryne White said.

The court heard that the maggot problem started 16 days earlier.

After hearing the vet’s testimony that maggots were feeding on the dog’s open wounds, Judge Halpin told prosecution attorney Matthew Holmes he did not wish to see the photographic evidence. “I couldn’t look at these photos; it’s disgusting,” he said.

The offense can result in a maximum fine of €5,000, a ban on owning a pet and a six-month sentence.

Asking for leniency, defense attorney Fergal Boyle said his client had never had any issues before; she planned to move abroad and a conviction could affect her career.

Judge Halpin said she worked in a benevolent industry “and a dog was being eaten alive by maggots”.

Mr Boyle said she panicked and tried to contact a vet before the dog was released.

Judge Halpin also noted the condition of the animal’s rug, adding that “it doesn’t happen overnight.” He rated this case as a nine on a scale of one to 10 due to the pain suffered by “the poor animal”.

He, however, said she had no previous criminal convictions and warned her that she had “one last chance”. He said he had to consider it was out of character and that she hadn’t deliberately let her dog suffer like this.

He said he would enforce the Offenders’ Probation Act if she paid €1,500 for prosecution costs. He also ordered her to donate the same amount to the charity Little Flower Penny Dinners to help disadvantaged people in Dublin’s city center Liberty Quarter.

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