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Woman handed 5-year animal ban

A 52-year-old woman has been banned from keeping animals for five years, fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £226.

Sarah Marie McGahan of Belvedere Manor, Lurgan pleaded guilty to animal welfare offences relating to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and its pups.

She was sentenced in Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020. 

This followed an investigation in 2018 as a result of information from the public. 


The court heard that McGahan had failed to make the necessary improvements to the cleanliness of the area in which dogs were kept and a litter of pups were found in squalid conditions at her home. 

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She was deemed to be in breach of a notice requiring her to maintain a clean environment for the animals in her care.

District Judge (Magistrates’ Court) Amanda Brady, upon hearing the facts and viewing photographs of the property, imposed a fine of £150, a disqualification order in respect of all animals for a period of five years, and costs of £226 awarded to the council.

‘Flagrantly disregarded animal welfare legislation’

A council spokesperson commented: “The judge in this case saw fit to impose a five-year ban from keeping animals because the defendant persistently neglected the needs of her dogs and flagrantly disregarded animal welfare legislation.”

“This case serves as a reminder that the council will investigate complaints and bring forward legal proceedings against those who do not take reasonable steps to ensure the welfare of their animals.” the spokesperson concluded. 

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