Butch, a young Lab mix, was due to be rescued after the recent bank holiday in Ireland. He wasn’t. Instead, he and eight other dogs were killed even though they were due to be released to rescue groups as soon as the groups and the management of Dublin’s Pound worked through some new regulations laid down by the pound management.
Dublin-area rescue groups were shocked that the Ashton pound had acted so callously in killing nine dogs that were slated to be rescued and re-homed. Especially because the delay was due to pound’s new rules which rescuers said severely impeded their ability to save dogs. Here’s more from the article on the K-9 site:
Butch had been booked to go to Poplar Farm Kennels. We had his transport and sponsorship all arranged,” Dave Linford (who runs Dogs in Distress the rescue organization which pulls dogs from the Ashton pound) says. When the news came of his death and the deaths of the others, we were devastated. It was just so callous and unnecessary.”
Its a common custom in Ireland to let a pet dog out to take itself for a walk. The dogs are then picked up and taken to the pounds by the dog wardens. Most people don’t know where or how to contact their local pound. After five days the animal can be put down or re-homed.
Irish rescue groups cannot cope with the sheer numbers of dogs and most pounds in Ireland are not even open to rescues. A number of UK rescues take in dogs from Ireland but it is a drop in the ocean. In Ireland 7 out of every 10 stray and abandoned dogs are destroyed according to the ISPCA. That is 10 times the rate in Cambridgeshire, where just 7 out of every 100 stray and abandoned dogs are destroyed.
Poplar Farm Kennels has started a fund to save as many of the pound dogs as possible.
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