A Deputy District Judge has granted Derry City Council permission to euthanise an abandoned donkey if it cannot be rehomed.
Derry Magistrates Court heard on Thursday the animal had been found in a neglected state at 129 Crockmore Road in Claudy Road
A Council solicitor said the owner of the animal could not be located, despite a court notice had been served on the property.
It is currently in the care of the council and has been treated by a vet.
The solicitor made an application under the Welfare of Animals Act for the donkey to put down if a suitable home could not be found.
Deputy District Judge Brian Archer said the court would allow council to euthanise the animal “if necessary”.
The solicitor said every effort would be made to the find the donkey a suitable home.
“I’m sure the council will make all attempts to rehouse this animal and it won’t have to come to that.”
The owner of the donkey will now have 14 days I which to come forward and appeal the decision.
If no appeal has been lodged the council will attempt to rehome the animal.
Commenting after the proceedings, a spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: “Council gives a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets, horses and donkeys 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 this particularly harrowing case in relation to the ongoing neglect of a donkey which I hope serves as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care of animals.”
The picture above is a file pic, no pic of the donkey in question was available.
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