The owner and staff of a veterinarian and dog pound have been tried for animal cruelty

Six people, including a veterinarian and the owner of Ashton pound in Dublin, have been arraigned on charges of animal cruelty offences.

The River Road shelter in Castleknock had operated a dog sitter service for the greater Dublin area. However, an animal welfare inquiry was opened last year into the treatment and death of dogs.

A vet, the owner of the pound, the manager and three other staff were charged earlier and appeared in Dublin District Court on Friday.

Garda Sergeant Paul Keane served them with books of evidence.

State’s attorney Anna Bridgeman told the court that the director of public prosecutions consented to a trial on impeachment.

Judge John Lindsay has agreed to grant the order sending them back to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on January 28. Copies of Garda’s interview videos are to be provided to the defence. Judge Lindsay warned they had 14 days to tell the prosecution if they had alibis.

Manager Donal Moroney, 67, of Ayrfield Drive, Coolock, Dublin, is accused of allowing another ‘layman’ to kill and cause unnecessary suffering to a white male Bichon Frise.

A controlled drug called Release, which must be given intravenously, was reportedly given to the animal orally at the pound on July 24 last year.

The drug was also orally administered to a tawny male akita, causing unnecessary suffering, on the same date.

On July 28, Mr Moroney allegedly obstructed the investigator, Garda Aine McQuillan, by failing to comply with a demand given the day before not to move the akita from its kennel.

He is accused of not getting the dog immediately to the attention of a veterinarian after the investigating guard made it a requirement.

His remaining charges relate to violations of animal medicine regulations.

Vet Sydney Nagle, 62, with an address in Oaks, Hollystown, Dublin 15, was charged with possession of the controlled drug Release at the pound on July 14, 2020, in breach of drug laws and regulations.

Mr Nagle, of Cara Veterinary Hospital, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15, is also accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a fawn male akita and a white male bichon frize at the pound on July 24 of the last year contrary to section 12(1) of the Health and Welfare of Animals Act 2013.

He is accused of having caused and allowed another person to kill a protected animal there on the same date.

The vet is also accused of failing to keep records of purchases and sales, quantities administered, lot numbers and serial numbers of prescriptions on July 29, 2020.

It also has a charge to allow a person to have an animal remedy designated for use by a practicing veterinarian only.

David Stone, 63, the owner of the pound, with an address in Hazelbrook, Loughlinstown, Ratoath, Co Meath, faces three charges under the Animal Health and Welfare Act. He is accused of having caused unnecessary suffering to the fawn akita male and the white curly bichon male, at the pound, on July 24th.

Mr Stone is also accused of killing, causing or allowing another person to kill a protected animal there on the same date.

Gordon Markey Quinn, 22, of Nangle Court, Windtown, Navan, Co Meath, and Tamara Philips, 24, of Westway Rise, Blanchardstown, Dublin, 15, and Raymond Connolly, 53, of Claddagh Green, Ballyfermot, Dublin, face the same charges regarding akita and bichon frize, as well as causing or permitting the killing of a protected animal on July 24, 2020.

Mr Connolly faces an additional charge of obstructing investigative custody at the pound four days later.

They have not indicated how they will plead.

MM. Nagle and Stone did not apply for legal aid, but it was granted to the other co-defendants following requests from their lawyers. The director of the pound, Mr. Moroney, will be represented by a senior legal aid lawyer.

His lawyer Danica Kinane told the court that Mr Moroney would “fully contest” the charges.