Five individuals – who entered a plea to the single charge of the possession of an exempted wild animal – have each been ordered to pay €200 to the ISPCA.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) brought the case before Judge Gearty in Castlebar District Court on September 17th.
The five accused were found in possession of the three dead Irish Hares, on January 18th, 2018, in Kilquire Lower, Co. Mayo in a vehicle stopped by An Garda Síochána who were assisting Conservation Ranger Higgins.
The court heard evidence of the offence from Conservation Ranger, John Higgins. On completion of Mr. Higgins’s evidence, the Court heard pleas in mitigation on behalf of all five accused.
Each of the five will have to pay the agreed sum to the animal welfare charity within 2 months with consideration then being given to applying the Probation Act.