Mr. McMillan also failed to meet the needs of the animals causing them to suffer horrific injuries and survive without treatment for those injuries.
The charges date back to April 2021 and contravene section 4 and section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act (NI) 2011.
On 13 April 2021 the Council’s Animal Welfare Service attended the property after being notified by the PSNI of concerns for animals living in an outhouse and pen.
Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, assisted by the Police Service’s Tactical Support Group and local district officers, carried out a search in the Royal Hillsborough area and discovered and seized a number of dogs with serious injuries; Also a quantity of marijuana, drug-related
Goods and over £10,000 in cash.
Detective Inspector Corrigan said: “During the search, officers found a total of ten dogs.
“Worryingly, many of the dogs suffered very serious injuries to their faces. The council’s animal welfare service was immediately alerted to the situation and attended the scene.”
Animal welfare officers found 10 dogs with serious injuries kept in cages in outbuildings on the site.
The dogs suffered head and face injuries. They were left untreated with holes through the tissue around their mouths, parts of their faces missing and other serious facial injuries.
Five dogs with active infections around the jaw required immediate treatment. A hospitalization and surgery are required. Despite the severity of their injuries, there was no evidence of a demand for professional veterinary treatment.
In her deliberations, Judge Rosie Waters described the injuries suffered by the dogs as horrific and was amazed that the dogs survived at all.
On 22 September 2022, Mr McMillan was sentenced to five months in prison and banned for life from keeping animals.
Lisburn Council was awarded the full cost of £6048.
“It is thanks to a collective effort, and partnership with the council, that Mr McMillan has been brought to court and held accountable today.” Added Detective Inspector Corrigan.