A 42-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to abandoning a dog.
Denise Hynds, of Pelham Road, admitted the theft of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier worth £350 on October 26, last year.
She also admitted abandoning the dog between October 26 and October 30, 2013.
Sentencing was adjourned for a probation pre-sentence report.
District Judge Barney McElholm said Hynds would be ‘well advised’ to co-operate with probation as abandoning an animal is a ‘serious’ charge.
‘This poor dog was abandoned to run around in the street. But for the intervention of a good Samaritan anything could have happened to it.
‘That quite frankly is unforgivable’, the judge added.
Hynds will appear in court again on July 4.