Dog rehomed after being found living in terrible conditions at a flat in Derry

Owner banned from having animals for life

Dog rehomed after being found living in terrible conditions at a flat in Derry

A council photo of the conditions in which the dog was living.

A dog has been rehomed after being found living in terrible conditions in Derry.

The Shih Tzu type dog was found locked in a small bathroom at a flat in Great James Street in December 2017 by Animal Welfare Officers from Derry City and Strabane District Council.

A council spokesperson said the officers visited the property after concerns were raised by a member of the public.

The spokesperson said the dog had no access to food or water.

“The floor of the bathroom had faeces, shredded toilet roll and empty alcohol containers,” the spokesperson added.

“The dog's hip bones and ribs could be clearly felt through its thick coat.

“The dog was seized by animal welfare officers on recommendation of the Council instructed vet.

“Upon examination, the vet confirmed that the dog was suffering due to poor body condition, dehydration and abandonment.”

The council spokesperson said the dog was taken to the Animal Welfare Care and Collection provider, where it received veterinary checks and treatment.

“The dog was eventually signed over by the Animal Owner and with the assistance of the DCSDC Dog Warden was successfully re homed.”

The spokesperson said that the dog owner was recently sentenced at Derry Magistrates Court.

She was disqualified for life from keeping or caring for any animals in any manner and was ordered to pay costs totalling £700.

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team on 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories Or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Or you can email or at any time.

Read more from Derry Now.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Derry News and the County Derry Post here for instant access to Derry's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Derry with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.