Thursday, 15 May 2014

Questions (181)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

181. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if any complaint has been made to his Department under the Animal Health and Welfare Acts in relation to the alleged euthanising of 100 dogs in a dog pound (details supplied) recently; if these complaints are being investigated; the obligations on such pounds to try find alternative homes for animals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22047/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department works very closely with welfare organisations, local authorities and the Gardai to intervene in cases of animal neglect or cruelty. In addition the Department operates an Animal Welfare Helpline which the public can avail of the report instances where animal welfare may be compromised. A complaint has been notified to our Animal Welfare Helpline regarding the dog pound in question. All complaints are investigated. The matter has been referred for attention to the Local Authority who arranges for the provision and operation of dog pound facilities under the Control of Dogs Acts 1986 and the Control of Dogs (amendment) Act 1992. I will be glad to communicate further with the Deputy when more information is available.