Woman pleads guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to dogs

One of the dogs involved in the case. Jennifer Wilson (45) of Churchill Park, Portadown was banned for life from keeping any animals, fined �350 and ordered to pay costs of �969 to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, following her guilty plea. INPT animal welfare 1
One of the dogs involved in the case. Jennifer Wilson (45) of Churchill Park, Portadown was banned for life from keeping any animals, fined �350 and ordered to pay costs of �969 to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, following her guilty plea. INPT animal welfare 1

A Portadown resident has been banned for life from keeping any animals after pleading guilty to animal welfare offences.

Jennifer Wilson (45) of Churchill Park, Portadown pleaded guilty at Craigavon Magistrates Court on Tuesday (7th March) to causing unnecessary suffering and to failing to take such steps to ensure the needs of two German Shepherd type dogs in her care were being met.

This case arose from an animal welfare complaint received by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in March 2016 about the condition of dogs kept by Ms Wilson.

On investigation of the complaint the Animal Welfare Officer found two German Shepherd type dogs in Ms Wilson’s care.

One of the dogs, an adult female, was underweight and a male pup (approximately nine months old) struggled to get up due to being extremely underweight.

The dogs were removed from the property, and in Council’s care the dogs both regained weight and, in time, made a full recovery.

Upon hearing the facts, Judge King ordered a lifetime disqualification from keeping any animals for Ms Wilson, fined her £350, and awarded a total of £969 in costs to the Council.

Council’s Head of Environmental Health, Gillian Topping welcomed the Court’s ruling and commented, “The mistreatment of animals in our society is not acceptable.

“The Council welcomes the Court’s decision to impose a lifetime ban on people who allow animals to suffer.

“We hope that this case again demonstrates that Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council continues to adhere to a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of the legislation.

“I would urge the public to be vigilant and report any suspected cases of mistreatment or cruelty to domestic animals and equines to our Animal Welfare team on 028 3751 5800 or email animalwelfare@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk.

“Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, which may include the issuing of Improvement Notices or, where appropriate, the seizure of animals and prosecution.”