By Paul Walsh
A decision by South Dublin County Council to stop sending stray and surrendered dogs to the Dunboyne Pound from this month has sparked outrage from a Dog Charity called “A Dogs Life”.
All SDCC dogs are now to be sent to Ashton Pound in Castleknock.
The volunteer-run organisation ‘A Dog’s Life’ issued a statement setting out their objections to the decision by SDCC. “Ashton is just too far from our volunteer base, particularly from the 3-4 people that collect 80% of the dogs from the pound.”
“Obviously we are very upset that it has come to this after working extremely successfully with one of the largest pounds in the country (Dunboyne Pound) for more than seven years and building very good relationships with both pound staff and the dog wardens. We have been placing 70% of the SDCC dogs annually with temporary carers, including ourselves, but also many more are rehomed directly from the pound as a result of us taking pictures and advertising them on our Facebook page.”
“We can only assume that the Department of the Environment and the Local Authorities feel they will save money by having one facility for all the Dublin stray and unwanted dogs, which amount to almost three thousand annually. However, we have some major concerns about the capacity of Ashton to deal with the additional 1200 dogs annually, not to mention the huge disease risk this represents.”
South Dublin County Council said that after a robust tendering process, which included inspections by Veterinary Inspectors to confirm the adequacy of the facilities from a welfare perspective, they were satisfied that Ashton Dog Pound was best placed to provide the service.
The new contract came into effect from 1st August.
They added that South Dublin County Council’s policy with regard to re-homing and animal welfare will not change.
“Ashton Pound currently deal with a number of rehoming and animal welfare groups including the following, Dogs Trust, Heathlands, Dundalk Dogs, DSPCA, Stokenchurch, Cara Rescue and Labrador Rescue UK. The Council has made arrangements to ensure that A Dog’s Life will be also included in this list should they wish to be,” said a statement from SDCC.
The Dunboyne Dog Pound is located on the Summerhill Road in Dunboyne and will continue to provide a Dog Pound service for Meath County Council.