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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Chef caught on camera abusing little pup Rosie

Kevin Louin
Kevin Louin
Martha Wolczyk and her Beagle Dog Rosie pictured at her Tallaght home yesterday.
Martha Wolczyk and her Beagle Dog Rosie pictured at her Tallaght home yesterday.

This is the chef who was fined €100 after he broke a puppy's leg and tried to strangle the pet.

Kevin Louin's housemate, Martha Wolczyk, suspected he was injuring her four-month-old beagle puppy. She secretly recorded him assaulting the puppy on an iPad she left in the kitchen of the Dublin house they shared together.

After Louin's conviction, the pup's owner told the Herald she wanted Louin's crime to be publicised so people would know what he did.

"I cannot forgive what he did to my beautiful dog Rosie. Louin pretended to be nice to Rosie when I was in the house but the dog was terrified of him.

"I believe he is a threat to animals," Ms Wolczyk said.

Tallaght district court was told that on January 19, gardai responded to a call at Alderwood Avenue in Tallaght.

Sgt Bernard Jones said the owner of the puppy told them that her dog had sustained a number of unexplained injuries over the previous few months.

Ms Wolczyk told the gardai that she began to suspect that one of her housemates, Louin, was hurting the dog on purpose.

The woman left her iPad hidden in the kitchen on January 19 and left her house for a short while. Sgt Jones said that when she returned the footage on the iPad showed Louin pulling the beagle puppy from the dog bed in the kitchen. The dog had a cast on its broken leg.

The footage showed him sitting on the injured dog causing her to yelp in pain.

Sgt Jones said the dog had a broken paw and this was evident from the footage. Louin also tried to strangle the dog.

Louin (32), a chef with an address at Exchange Hall, Belgard Square, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to an offence contrary to the protection of animals act.

Sgt Jones said Louin later went to Tallaght Garda Station and gave a voluntary cautioned statement where he admitted kicking the dog on several occasions, including attacks that were unknown to the dog's owner.

He was shown the iPad video and admitted to gardai that he tried to sit on the injured puppy and tried to strangle her. Louin later moved out of the house.

Louin, originally from France, had no previous convictions. Judge John Lindsay fined him €100. Ms Wolczyk said Rosie continues to be very affectionate to visitors.

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