A man has been jailed for 3 months after being found guilty of starving two greyhounds in what Judge Desmond Zaidan has described as a ‘difficult and disturbing’ case.

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“They are desperate, they are really bad,” commented the judge. “You can literally count every single bone on these dogs.”

Twenty year old Thomas Daly from Carbury, pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty before Kildare District Court.

Anonymous tip offs to both Paws Animal Rescue and then passed on to  Orchard Greyhound Sanctuary prompted the ISPCA to investigate the complaints. Inspector Conor Dowling told the court that on October 7 last year, they found a white female dog shut into a dirty cattle trailer that had not been cleaned for two weeks and another dog living in a pen alongside with no shelter and which was strewn with faeces.

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Mr Daly told the court that he lived with his parents in a remote area and had not been at school since he was 14 – occasionally working as a farm labourer. He said a friend had rang and asked him if he wanted the dogs, which were later left by his friend ‘at the top of the lane’.

The greyhounds are earmarked and clearly bred for racing but the Irish Greyhound Board could find no current records of previous owners.

Sentencing Mr Daly to 3 months imprisonment for each offence – to run concurrently – Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered Mr Daly be assessed and receives counselling from a psychologist regarding cruelty to animals.

Along with the custodial sentence, Mr Daly was banned from keeping dogs or any other animals for life and also fined €750 on each count of cruelty and ordered to pay ISPCA costs of €454.

Both greyhounds were entrusted to Orchard Greyhound Sanctuary have now successfully been rehabilitated and re-homed.

Please click on the links to see the fantastic work of  Orchard Greyhound Sanctuary and PAWS