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Two men convicted of animal related crimes handed hefty fines

Two men appeared on two unrelated incidents

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A county Armagh farmer was convicted of charges related to the keeping of animals on Monday.

Owen Donaghy, of Blaney Road, Crossmaglen was convicted at Newry Magistrates’ Court on four separate charges.

They were: one charge of failure to notify the Department (Agriculture) of cattle movements off his holding or the death of animals; one charge of failure to notify the Department that animals were lost or stolen; one charge of failure to notify the movement of cattle onto his holding or the birth of animals; and one charge of failure to keep a herd register.

Donaghy was convicted in his absence and fined £1,000 plus £15 offender levy.

The offences were discovered during an inspection of the defendant’s herd by Officers from DAERA’s Veterinary Service Enforcement Branch.

Animal boarding establishment keeper convicted at Lisburn Court

Robert Matthews, Craigycor Boarding Kennels, Cattery and Dog Pound, Grove Hill Road, Moira, Craigavon was convicted at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, October 17 of three charges of failure to comply with the conditions of a licence.

Matthews pleaded guilty and was fined £600 plus a £15 offender levy.

This case arose following the non-renewal of a previous licence, on a follow-up visit two dogs and two cats were found to be being held in kennels not licensed for boarding.

A Department of Agriculture spokesperson said: “The Department gives high priority to the welfare of animals and operates a vigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements.

“Any breaches are investigated thoroughly and offenders prosecuted as necessary.”

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