No jail for man who violently killed dog in park full of children

No jail for man who violently killed dog in park full of children

A Dublin man who violently killed his ill dog in a park full of children because he claimed he could not afford the vet bill, has avoided a jail term.

In July, 44 -year-old Liam Dowling of Fitzgibbon Court on Fitzgibbon Street was told by Judge Martin Nolan that he would not jail him if he was judged suitable for community service.

At the time, Dowling claimed the dog, a family pet of nine years, had been sick for up to five months and he did not have the money to pay for medication.

Yesterday, he was handed 200 hours of community service in lieu of a two-year sentence and Judge Nolan also declined to ban Dowling from keeping dogs in future.


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