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Judge to decide on cruelty trial venue

A JUDGE will rule next month on the trial venue of two English brothers charged over the discovery of dozens of puppies found lying in their own excrement in two cars in Dublin.

The animals, aged between three and eight weeks, were taken into safety by gardai and officers from the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA).

This followed searches of two cars on October 9 on the Old Malahide Road in the Coolock area. The puppies, in boxes in the rear of both vehicles, included a number of cocker and springer spaniels, terriers, beagles and Labradors, along with several Jack Russells. They were placed into the care of the DSPCA.


Two men, who were arrested at the scene, made their second appearance at Dublin District Court yesterday on animal cruelty charges. Reuben Burton (32) and his Rico Lee Burton (21), both from Manchester, have been charged under the Protection of Animals Act.

It is alleged they cruelly ill-treated animals by keeping some 50 pups in the boot of a car "in cramped conditions with no food or water, no light or fresh air and had the pups lying in their own faeces, causing unnecessary suffering".

Defence counsel Emmet Nolan told Judge Patricia McNamara that disclosure of the prosecution's evidence had just been furnished and, given the nature and seriousness of the charges, more time was needed to consider the case.

He said the two men wanted it dealt with as quickly as possible.

Judge McNamara remanded the pair on continuing bail and ordered them to appear again next month, when it is to be clarified whether the case is to be dealt with in the District Court or sent forward to the Circuit Court.

The brothers have not yet indicated how they will plead to the charges, which can result in fines and possible jail sentences.

Both were granted free legal aid earlier because they are unemployed.