Community service for man who caused ‘unnecessary suffering’ to dog

The charges related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers regarding offences in November 2013.  INCT 10-730-CON
The charges related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers regarding offences in November 2013. INCT 10-730-CON

A former Carrick resident has received 60 hours community service after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a Labrador-type dog.

William Jonathan McIlroy, age 35, formerly a resident of Cormorant Park in Carrickfergus, was sentenced at Laganside Magistrates Court on Tuesday March 1 after previously pleading guilty to causing the unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the welfare of a Labrador-type dog for which he was responsible.

The charges were brought against Mr McIlroy by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

They related to findings following an investigation by Animal Welfare Officers regarding offences in November 2013, which related to a dog that had suffered whilst in Mr McIlroy’s care.

Mr McIlroy was ordered to serve 60 hours community service, was also disqualified from keeping any animal for a 12 month period and to pay legal and court costs of £169.

A Mid and East Antrim Borough Council spokesperson said: “Council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements. Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, which may include the service of Improvement Notices or, in extreme cases, the seizure of animals.

“The council may also prosecute for offences such as in this particularly harrowing case, which I hope serves as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals.”

The dog has since been rehomed by an animal sanctuary, the spokesperson added.