Farmer convicted at Downpatrick Court

Date published: 07 November 2022

Mr Alan Montgomery, Downpatrick Road, Killough, Downpatrick (69) was convicted at Downpatrick Magistrates' Court on 07/11/2022 of four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to 16 sheep and 11 lambs, one charge of failure to take such steps as were reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the needs of animals were met, and three charges of failure to comply with a duty imposed under animal welfare regulations.

Mr Montgomery pleaded guilty and received a conditional discharge for two years on each and all accounts.

The case arose from welfare inspections carried out by staff from Newtownards DAERA Direct Office. During these inspections they found numerous sheep in dirty living conditions without feed and water. Many of the sheep had foot root and were in poor condition. In the opinion of the Veterinary Officer present, numerous animals were suffering unnecessarily. A number of animals in poor condition were euthanised to prevent further suffering.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr Montgomery was convicted of four charges of by reason of an act or failure to act by himself caused unnecessary suffering to 16 sheep and 11 lambs and he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the said act or failure to act would have that effect or was likely to do so, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.
  2. Mr Montgomery was convicted of one charge of failure to take such steps as were reasonably in all the circumstances to ensure the needs of an animal for which he was responsible were met to the extent required by good practice, contrary to Section 9(1) of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.
  3. Mr Montgomery was convicted of one charge of without lawful authority or excuse, contravened or failed to comply with a duty imposed under Regulation 3(1) and Schedule 1 paragraph 24 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, contrary to Regulation 6(a) of the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.
  4. Mr Montgomery was convicted of one charge of without lawful authority or excuse, contravened or failed to comply with a duty imposed under Regulation 3(1) and Schedule 1 paragraph 25 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, contrary to Regulation 6(a) of the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.
  5. Mr Montgomery was convicted of one charge of without lawful authority or excuse, contravened or failed to comply with a duty imposed under Regulation 3(1) and Schedule 1 paragraph 5 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, contrary to Regulation 6(a) of the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.
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