Daniel Gerrard Taggart of Portaferry, North Ireland, has been banned for life from owning any pets after a court found him guilty of causing nearly unbearable suffering to his young dog. A veterinarian reported Taggart’s golden doodle had the worst case of toenail overgrowth he had ever seen in over 13 years of practice.
According to the BBC News, the dog was seized in January 2016 by the Ards and North Down Borough Council‘s animal welfare organization. A veterinary evaluation of the dog estimated the dog had not received any exercise in a year-and-a-half – explaining that the dog’s nails would have taken at least that amount of time to grow to such an egregious and painful length. Taggart was found guilty of failing to take reasonable care of his dog to ensure its good health.
Besides the lifetime ban from keeping or having any involvement with animals, Taggart was sentenced to jail for three months which was suspended for a year and fined approximately $1,300 including court costs. A clear message against animal cruelty was intended to be sent; stating such behavior towards pets will not be tolerated.
The dog has since recovered and has been adopted to a new family and is doing well.
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(Photos via the Ards and North Down Borough Council)
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