Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1368)

Paul Murphy

Question:

1368. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a dog (details supplied) is being used for breeding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34755/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Bord na gCon has informed me that, following a recent call to the Greyhound Care Line, established by Bord na gCon in July 2019, their welfare department began an investigation into the wellbeing of the named greyhound. Bord na gCon, following its investigation, was able to confirm that the greyhound is with new owners in the UK and that they understand that the greyhound is not being used for breeding purposes but is being kept as a household pet.