A bench warrant for his arrest prior to being sentenced was issued for a County Meath man who was prosecuted over the condition of two dogs who were described as emaciated.
Patrick Kelly of Flemington, Balrath, Meath and formerly of Doyle’s Farm, Drumconrath was not present when the case brought by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine was due to go ahead at the November sitting of Ardee District Court.
A barrister told Judge Coughlan that a solicitor had tried to contact the defendant on numerous occasions.
The Judge decided to proceed to hear evidence with regard to six counts under the Animal Health and Welfare Act against the defendant.
These related to a Bull Mastiff and German Shepherd in respect of the same date on January 20 2015 at Doyle’s farm, Drumconrath.
An ISPCA officer told that the German Shepherd was in a pen and covered in diarrhoea and was very thin.
The defendant brought out the Bull Mastiff from the house. The animal also was emaciated and covered in calices.