A woman from Co Donegal has been banned from keeping animals for four years, after she abandoned a dog with no food or water.
Natalie Mc Granaghan was also fined €200 at Letterkenny District Court earlier today.
ISPCA inspectors called to a rented property at Leitir Ard, Letterkenny, Co Donegal after reports that a terrier dog was abandoned there.
Ms Mc Granaghan was traced to her mother's home and initially claimed that the dog had been sold before admitting it hadn't.
The dog, called Megan, was in a very poor state when found but has since made a full recovery and has been re-homed.
ISPCA inspector Kevin McGinley said: "The dog was clearly in a poor state before being seized and we are pleased to be able to help before her health deteriorated further. Megan made a full recovery and has since been rehomed.
"This case clearly demonstrates how the new Animal Health and Welfare Act can work in practice to help a defenceless dog like Megan.
"We are satisfied with the conviction in this case of neglect, and would like to thank all involved for their efforts."