A Millicent man was fined and banned from owning animals for a year at Naas District Court last Thursday, December 7.
Barry Travers, (39), with an address listed as Elizabeth House, Millicent, Clane, was charged with failing to control his dogs on October 10 last at Carrigeen Lodge, Millicent Road, Clane.
It was the culmination of a lengthy case.
At a previous hearing in early October, Naas District Court had heard evidence that on October 22, 2015, two huskies belonging to Mr Travers had gotten loose and went into a neighbour’s garden.
The two dogs, along with another black dog, attacked a Jack Russell, who was with a 10-year-old girl.
At a hearing of Naas District Court on October 5, Judge Desmond Zaidan heard evidence of other incursions by the huskies onto the property of the owner of the Jack Russell.
Judge Zaidan then ordered the dogs be put in kennels or sent to the Kildare Animal Foundation while a report was being carried out.
He then adjourned the matter until December 7.
But at a sitting of the court on October 11 last, Garda Noel Meeney gave evidence that he had received a call early on Monday October 9 from the injured party to say that the huskies had escaped once again and attacked the Jack Russell.
The dog suffered puncture wounds on his body.
Mr Travers’ solicitor Timmy Kennelly explained that the reason he hadn’t complied with the order to send them the kennels was that the kennels had insisted on them being vaccinated for an ailment known as ‘kennel cough’. He said this had to be done before they were accepted.
“They have to wait five days after vaccination before they can be accepted,” he said. By the time of the hearing, the dogs were in kennels.
Mr Kennelly outlined how workmen had been in and that the dogs may have escaped as a result — although Mr Kennelly added that he wasn’t blaming work men.
Judge Zaidan said he felt he could not take any more chances, and the owner of the Jack Russell indicated an unease about the dogs returning to the area after their time in the kennels — and also wondered why, while they waited for the vaccination, the dogs weren’t muzzled.
The judge ordered that the dogs be put down, and refused repeated requests by Mr Kennelly to put a stay on his order.
And last Thursday, the matter was finally concluded with the fine of €500.
Judge Desmond made an order that Mr Travers not own animals for a year, and thereafter to seek approval from the ISPCA if he wishes to do so.