East Coast FM News reports a Wicklow man was ordered to pay €625 as a contribution to the ISPCA and €625 in state costs at Bray District Court on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to four offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, including causing the tails of puppies and the dew claw to be unlawfully removed, as well as obstructing an Authorised Officer and failing to assist an Authorised Officer.
The case was the result of a visit made by two ISPCA inspectors to the home of Jason Dunne of Ballinalea in Ashford, in May of last year, following a tip off from a website that had flagged an advertisement of puppies for sale with suspected docked tails.
The I.S.P.C.A. says the docking of puppies’ tails has been an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act since March 2014. People who unlawfully perform or organise the procedure are liable to be prosecuted.