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Shocking: Report suggests that almost half of stray dogs had to be put down in specific regions last year


According to a recent report issued by the Department of Environment it is understood that almost half of dogs impounded in three specific council areas were sadly put down last year.

The report also states that on average one in five stray dogs who ended up in pounds in Ireland last year were put down. The report suggests that number significantly rose in some areas with figures suggesting that almost 45% of stray dogs in counties Limerick, Galway City and Cork County were put to sleep in the year 2014.

The report also highlighted the fact that the three regions had the lowest percentage when it came to stray dogs being rehoused, reclaimed or transferred to dog welfare groups. The appalling figure is significantly lower than figures in counties Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Wicklow, Galway and Cavan councils which shows that almost 90% of dogs were successfully rehoused, reclaimed or transferred to dog welfare groups last year.

It is believed that Leitrim County Council has destroyed fewer dogs than any other council across the country with just one solitary dog being put to sleep in the county for the year 2014.

The disturbing statistics has come as a major concern for the executive director of dog welfare charity group Dogs Trust Mark Beazley, who expressed his deep concerns about the extreme contrast in the number of stray dogs being put down in specific regions, Mr Beazley believes that local councils need to work closer with dog charities to help rehouse helpless and defenseless dogs.

However the report did state that the number of stray dogs being put down has significantly decreased within the last 10 years. According to statistics almost 16,600 dogs were put down across the country in the year 2004 that number has fallen to 2,896 in the year 2014, the report states that the number marks an 82% drop.

Although Mr Beazley welcomed the decrease in figures he highlighted the fact that an average of eight dogs were sadly still being put down each day which he described as highly unnecessary.

Mr Beazly told the Irish Times: “When a dog is picked up by a dog warden and enters the pound system as a stray, the pound has a legal obligation to keep the dog for five days in case the owner comes forward looking for their pet. “However, when a dog is handed over by its owner, the pound has no legal obligation to keep it for any length of time and the dog could be put to sleep the same day. The majority of these dogs are healthy animals surrendered by owners who cannot or, in some cases, will not care for their pet anymore,” he said.

Mr Beazley also told the newspaper of his concern that a significant amount of dogs are still entering Irish pounds, with figures suggesting that 14,559 dogs were impounded last year.

Mr Beazly said: “Our message to dog owners is very simple; please be a responsible dog owner by neutering and micro-chipping your pet,” he said, while also urging those thinking of getting a dog to consider taking a stray or abandoned dog. “We live in a society now where, when people want something they just on the internet. Online you will literally see thousands of pups for sale but many of them are being bred in very poor conditions you have no idea of their vaccination history.”

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