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The dogs were injured in their heads and faces.  They had untreated injuries, including holes in the tissue surrounding their mouths, parts of their face missing, and other serious facial injuries.
The dogs were injured in their heads and faces. They had untreated injuries, including holes in the tissue surrounding their mouths, parts of their face missing, and other serious facial injuries.

Mr McMillan also failed to meet the needs of the animals which caused them to endure horrific injuries and survive without treatment for those injuries.

The charges date back to April 2021 and violate Sections 4 and 9 of the 2011 Animal Welfare Act (NI).

On April 13, 2021, the Council’s Animal Welfare Service joined the property after being notified by the PSNI of concerns about animals living in a toilet and barn.

The dogs were injured in their heads and faces. They had untreated injuries, including holes in the tissue surrounding their mouths, missing parts of their face, and other serious facial injuries, some more recent than others.

Paramilitary Crime Task Force officers, assisted by the Police Service’s Tactical Support Group and local district officers, conducted a search of the Royal Hillsborough area and found and captured several seriously injured dogs; as well as some cannabis, drug-related

supplies and over £10,000 cash.

Detective Corrigan said: “During the search, officers found a total of ten dogs.

“Uncomfortably, many of the dogs sustained extremely serious facial injuries. The City’s Animal Welfare Service was immediately alerted to the situation and arrived on the scene.”

Animal Welfare Officers found 10 dogs with varying degrees of serious injury kept in cages in outbuildings on the site.

The dogs were injured in their heads and faces. They had untreated injuries, including holes in the tissue surrounding their mouths, parts of their face missing, and other serious facial injuries.

Five dogs with active infections in their jaws required immediate treatment. One required hospitalization and surgery. Despite the seriousness of his injuries, there was no evidence that professional veterinary treatment was sought.

Judge Rosie Waters described the dogs’ injuries in her deliberations as horrific and was surprised that all of the dogs survived.

On September 22, 2022, Mr. McMillan was sentenced to five months in prison and given a life ban from feeding animals.

Lisburn Council was awarded the full cost of £6048.

“Thanks to the collective efforts and partnership with the council, Mr. McMillan was brought to trial and accountable today.” Added Detective Inspector Corrigan.