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The dogs had injuries on their heads and faces.  They were left with holes in the tissue around their mouths, parts of their faces missing and other serious facial injuries that could not be treated.
The dogs had injuries on their heads and faces. They were left with holes in the tissue around their mouths, parts of their faces missing and other serious facial injuries that could not be treated.

Mr. McMillan also failed to meet the needs of the animals, which caused them to sustain horrific injuries and survive without treatment for those injuries.

The charges date back to April 2021 and breach section 4 and section 9 of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

On 13 April 2021 the Council’s Animal Welfare Service attended the property after the PSNI were notified of concerns about animals living in an outhouse and pen.

The dogs had injuries on their heads and faces. They had holes through the tissue around their mouths, parts of their faces missing and other serious facial injuries that had not been treated, some more recent than others.

Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, assisted by the Police Service’s Tactical Support Group and local district officers, searched the Royal Hillsborough area and discovered and seized a number of dogs with serious injuries. Also a quantity of cannabis, drug paraphernalia

goods and over £10,000 in cash.

Detective Inspector Corrigan said: “During the search, officers found a total of ten dogs.

“Worryingly, several of the dogs suffered serious facial injuries. The council’s Animal Welfare Service was immediately alerted to the situation and attended the scene.”

Animal welfare officers found 10 dogs with varying degrees of serious injuries kept in cages in outbuildings at the location.

The dogs had injuries on their heads and faces. They were left with holes in the tissue around their mouths, parts of their faces missing and other serious facial injuries that could not be treated.

Five dogs with active infections around the jaw required immediate treatment. One requires hospitalization and surgery. Despite the seriousness of their injuries, there was no evidence of professional veterinary treatment.

In her deliberations, Judge Rosie Waters described the injuries inflicted by the dogs as horrific and was amazed that all the dogs survived.

On 22 September 2022, Mr McMillan was sentenced to five months in prison and banned from keeping animals for life.

Lisburn Council was awarded full costs of £6048.

“It is thanks to the collective efforts, and partnership with the council, that Mr McMillan has been brought before the court today and held accountable.” Detective Inspector Corrigan added.

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