Sentenced for stealing dog

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A woman who stole her ex-partner’s dog and then abandoned it has received a suspended sentence.

Denise Hynds, of Pelham Road, pleaded guilty to theft of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier on October 26, last year.

The 43-year-old also admitted abandoning the dog between October 26 and October 30.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the dog was found wandering around the Brigade area and was wet, cold and very dirty.

The woman who found the dog took it home and fed it.

She then contacted a Facebook page called Pet FBI and the dog was reunited with its owner, Hynds ex-partner.

Hynds was arrested and during police interview she denied stealing the dog. However, she said her memory was ‘hazy’ because she was drunk.

Sentencing had been deferred to see if the 43-year-old could avoid committing any further offences.

Suspending a six month jail term for 18 months, District Judge Peter King said Hynds had ‘kept your side of the bargain, I have to keep mine’.