Rathfriland man admits causing unnecessary suffering to dog which entered badger’s sett

Rathfriland man admits causing unnecessary suffering to dog which entered badger’s sett

The case was heard at Newry Magistrates' Court.

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A RATHFRILAND man has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a dog left with its fur ripped out and broken teeth after it went into a badger's sett.

Paul Michael Reavey, 53, of Lisnaree Road, near Shinn, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a Patterdale Terrier.

The case had been going to contest at Newry Magistrates' Court but after Reavey indicated he would plead guilty to causing the unnecessary suffering, a second charge of damaging or destroying a shelter of a wild animal, namely a badger's sett, was withdrawn by the prosecution.

"It's a very serious matter in terms of the unnecessary suffering to the dog," remarked Deputy District Judge Kennedy as he indicated he would adjourn sentencing to allow a pre-sentence report to be compiled on Reavey by the Probation Service.

Read the full story in this week's Outlook.

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