A Co Down man has been convicted of one charge of transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey.
Kenneth Boyd, of Magherabeg Road in Dromore, appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court.
The 53-year-old pleaded guilty and was fined £250 plus £15 offender levy.
The case arose when a DAERA Official Veterinarian (OV), at an abattoir, examined an animal presented by Boyd.
The animal was in very poor body condition and was displaying signs of severe lameness, with its back arched while standing and walking, and several of the animal’s joints were clearly swollen.
It was the OV’s professional opinion that animal was unfit to be transported.