Five dogs died per week at pound

ON AVERAGE five dogs a week were put down at the Carlow/Kilkenny dog pound in the first two months of this year.

ON AVERAGE five dogs a week were put down at the Carlow/Kilkenny dog pound in the first two months of this year.

Figures obtained from the Irish Society for the Preventation to Cruelty to Animals reveals that in the first two months of this year of the 129 dogs who entered the pound, 38% or (49) of these dogs were put down.

A spokesman for the ISPCA said: “ The ISPCA, is a recognised animal welfare organisation that have an agreement with the Carlow and Kilkenny County Councils to operate the dog warden service, including operation of the dog shelter at Paulstown.

Parvo outbreak

15 dogs were put down at the pound recently due to an outbreak of parvo canine virus.

“Unfortunately, there is a particularly virulent strain of parvo canine virus in the environment at present and a number of stray and unwanted dogs have been found to be showing symptoms of the disease shortly after entry to the dog pound, indicating that they are carrying the disease at the time of seizure or surrender.

“As this is a very painful and difficult disease to treat, a number of dogs that were exposed to this virus were humanely euthanized on veterinary advice,” he said. 15 of these dogs were euthanized as a direct result of the virus,” he said.

The spokesman confirmed that an animal rescue had dogs booked to be rehomed recently.

“Unfortunately, one dog rescue did have some dogs booked for rehoming recently when a dog was identified to be suffering from the virus. In the interest of animal welfare and disease control we could not release dogs that were exposed or showing the symptoms,”he said.

“Because we are dealing with stray, transient and unwanted dogs which are seldom neutered, vacinated and micro-chipped or cared for in a proper manner, the pound will always be at risk from parvo outbreak.

“It is our intention at all times to follow the best veterinary advice concerning the welfare of the dogs in our care and to ensure we act responsibly to safeguard the general dog population from this infectious disease,” he added.

Department Figures

According to figures released by the Department of the Environment 177 dogs were put to sleep at the pound in 2012. 180 were rehomed or reclaimed and 83 were transferred to dog welfare groups. 431 were surrendered or collected by the pound while 21 were seized. The total percentage of dogs put to sleep was 40%. This compares to 7% in Waterford county and 27% in Waterford county.

Department figures also show that 6626 people obtained dog licences in 2012 which is almost 7% of the city and county’s population. This shows a significant increase compared to figures for the year 2000 when only 2960 licences were granted.

In 2012 there were 18 on the spot fines issued under The Control of Dogs Act. Five people paid the fine and there were no prosecutions and no convictions.