Four people are set to face trial on 332 charges of animal cruelty. The charges stem from an investigation into the welfare of 39 animals that were seized, including French and English bulldogs, Dachshunds, a Cane Corso Italian Mastiff, British Shorthair cats, and various other creatures such as tarantulas, parrots, a snake, a scorpion, and a millipede. The animals were reportedly found living in inhumane conditions in two apartments in the Citywest area of Dublin in December 2021. Alanna Jenkins, Carla Brady, Gerald Adedoyin, and Abraham Adeuyni appeared before Tallaght District Court, charged with 83 counts each of animal cruelty under Sections 11, 12, and 13 of the Animal Welfare Act in Ireland.
The defendants face a single count of failing to protect the welfare of the animals, 41 charges each of animal cruelty, and 41 charges each for failing to provide sufficient water and suitable food for the animals. According to Sgt Diane Swift, the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that all four accused face a trial on indictment in the circuit court. The case, which concerns the welfare of the animals discovered in the apartments contrary to the Animal Welfare Act, is complex and has followed a massive investigation. The evidence against all four defendants is the same.
The accused were all granted bail on their own bonds of €500 on the condition that they sign on twice a week at a named garda station, reside at their addresses, notify gardai if they move addresses, provide up-to-date phone numbers, surrender their passports, and not apply for new travel documents. The court heard that there were no garda objections to granting bail to all four defendants subject to strict conditions.
No charges have been brought in relation to the tarantulas, parrots, snake, scorpion, or millipede that were also found on the day. Each solicitor representing the accused was granted legal aid. The defendants were remanded on bail to appear before the court again on May 11 for the service of books of evidence before they are sent forward to the circuit court to face trial.
The case underscores the importance of animal welfare and the need for pet owners to treat their animals with care and kindness. The prosecution of animal cruelty is a serious matter, and offenders can face harsh penalties, including imprisonment and fines. The authorities take a strong stance against those who mistreat animals, and the public is encouraged to report any suspected cases of animal abuse or neglect.