Single mother fears going to jail over dog she says she never had - Independent.ie
Mary Boyle said that she borrowed €500 from a moneylender because of her fear of being jailed for not paying the fine.
Surely, this must be a violation of the presumption of innocence. Why was she not believed when she said that the dog wasn't hers?However Louth County Council dog warden Padraig McKeown has responded by saying anyone in a similar situation would have ample opportunity to prove a dog spotted on their property didn't belong to them.
'I won't comment on individual cases, however, it is not up to me to prove whether someone has a dog. If someone genuinely didn't have a dog, they have plenty of opportunities in front of a judge to state their case, or at an appeal afterwards,' he told the Drogheda Independent.
The issue of moneylending is connected to this case. She is in serious debt. Why doesn't the Government just ban the charging of excessive interest on loans?