Man kicked dog after betting loss in Monaghan

A man who lost money in a betting shop and was observed kicking a dog as he emerged into the street, was ordered by a judge to pay the dog-owner €250 in compensation for his action.

Martin McElroy, aged 48, of 14 Ard na Lorgan, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was prosecuted under the Cruelty to Animals Act in relation to the incident at West Street, Castleblayney, on July 15, 2015.

Garda Inspector Kevin Gavigan, Carrickmacross, told Judge Denis McLoughlin at Carrickmacross District Court, Co Monaghan, yesterday Mr McElroy was seen by a witness kicking the dog which was squealing at the door outside the shop after being left to wait on the footpath by its owner.

Defence lawyer Seamus Mallon said the explanation for kicking the dog offered by the defendant was that he had “lost money in the bookies that day” and took his wrath out on the dog.

The lawyer said he now expressed regret for his action, fully realising that what he had done on the occasion was wrong.

Judge McLoughlin directed that Mr McElroy should bring €250 to court by way of compensation at a further hearing on March 2 when he will rule in the case.


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