A GERMAN Shepherd dog seized by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC) this summer faces being put down if the local authority is unable to have it re-homed, a court has heard.

A solicitor acting on behalf of FODC appeared before Fermanagh Magistrates Court on Monday to apply for a Disposal Order in relation to the animal in question.

The lawyer told the court that the dog had been seized by the Council on August 3 this year.

She explained that, if the order was granted, the local authority would seek to re-home the German Shepherd.

The solicitor added that the “worst case scenario” would be to euthanise the dog.

She told the court that the dog’s owner had been invited to attend for interview, and said that officers had spoken to her at one point.

When district judge Michael Ranaghan observed that he was minded to give the dog’s owner one opportunity to engage with the court system, the solicitor urged him to make any adjournment in the case as short as possible due to the ongoing costs of keeping the animal.

The judge then adjourned the case for one week until Monday, December 11.