Saintfield farmers jailed as 75 animals put down
Saintfield Farmers jailed as 75 animals are put down
Two County Down farmers have been jailed for four months after vets had to put down 75 animals on their farm.
Father and son, Stanley Porter Snr and Stanley Porter Jnr, aged 80 and 44, were convicted on animal cruelty charges.
At Downpatrick Magistrates Court, a judge said: "It's one of the worst cases of cruelty in Northern Ireland or anywhere in these islands."
Enforcement officer with the Department of Agriculture, Danny Grey, said the case was the worst case he had seen.
Fifty-nine other animals were rescued from the farm. An inspection of the farm found animals not being properly fed and watered, and not given dry areas on which to lie. Stanley Porter Snr had claimed the animals were "thin but healthy"
Carcasses of dead animals were also found on the farm. Last month, the father and son admitted a number of animal welfare charges, including causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
A judge said it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty in the UK
Danny Gray, head of enforcement at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Veterinary Service, said: "This was a shocking case of animal neglect and animal suffering. Today's sentence sends out a clear message that those who neglect animals will be pursued."
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Copied from BBC News - N Ireland 23/2/15Back