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County Armagh horse keeper convicted

A county Armagh woman was today (Friday) convicted on charges linked to horse keeping.

Orla Shortt, Armagh Road, Keady, was convicted of one charge of keeping 25 horses which had not been identified, one charge of failure to comply with a notice for the disposal of animal by-products, and one charge of failure to hold a horse carcase in such a way as to ensure that any animal or bird will not have access to it.

Shortt pleaded guilty at Armagh Magistrates’ Court and was given a Probation Order for 18 months plus £37 costs and £15 offender’s levy.

This case arose from a complaint to DARD about horse welfare.

Veterinary Service Enforcement Branch carried out a joint inspection with representatives from Armagh District Council and the PSNI.

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