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Woman caught kicking defenceless puppy is handed sentence

The 34-year-old was sentenced on Friday

A county Armagh woman caught kicking a defenceless puppy was sentenced on Friday.

Mary Haughian, 34, Hill Street, Lurgan admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire terrier on October 11.

Craigavon Magistrates’ Court heard on how Haughian was caught kicking and dragging the three-month-old puppy when a video went viral on Facebook.

District Judge, Bernie Kelly, imposed a conditional discharge on the 34-year-old and ordered her to pay £664.39 costs.

She was banned from keeping animals for five years.

The judge also granted an order for the dog to be re-homed.

Speaking at the time a PSNI spokesperson said: “As animal lovers, we all had the same response to that video.

“The air turned blue in our office when we watched it, and significant levels of anger have been voiced.”

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