This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 15 °C Monday 10 August, 2020
Advertisement

Number of dogs destroyed in Irish pounds down 40%

916 dogs were put to sleep in Irish local authority pounds last year.

8206632393_efc2c2a51d_o Source: EmmyMik

THE NUMBER OF dogs destroyed in Irish pounds has shrunk by 40%, according to new statistics.

The latest dog control report released by the Department of Rural and Community Development, suggests that 916 dogs, not counting registered greyhounds) were put to sleep in Irish pounds in 2017, a 40% reduction from the 1,522 strays who suffered the same fate the previous year.

Meanwhile, 11,559 dogs entered Irish pounds last year, an 8% drop from the 12,549 who entered such institutions in 2016.

Welcoming the figures, Dogs Trust said that more work remains to be done as part of a ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach.

“Despite a positive reduction in euthanasia figures, there are still a worryingly high number of dogs entering the pound system,” said director at the charity Suzie Carley.

Pounds

It is reassuring that there continued to be a large number of dogs being rescued from the local authority pound by animal welfare groups, however it is vital that we get to the root cause of why these dogs are ending up in the pound system to begin with.

The number of dogs being surrendered to pounds remains high.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

3,135 dogs were given up by their owners to local authorities last year, a virtual carbon copy of the previous year’s statistics.

Dogs Trust also drew particular attention to the issues facing registered greyhounds in Ireland.

Last year saw a 15% increase on the number of such greyhounds entering pounds. Of those 215, 180 were surrendered by their owners, and 80 (37%) were destroyed.

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

Read next:

COMMENTS (51)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel