KCC de­fends the num­ber of dogs put down

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

THE high num­ber of dogs eu­thanised by Kerry County Coun­cil last year is be­cause of a “so­cial ser­vice” of­fered by the lo­cal author­ity to put down old and in­firm dogs.

Fig­ures from the De­part­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity Af­fairs pub­lished re­cently show that Kerry County Coun­cil put down more than 124 dogs in 2017 – higher than any other lo­cal author­ity in the coun­try. The fig­ure is also higher than all of Dublin’s lo­cal au­thor­i­ties com­bined.

The statis­tics show that Kerry County Coun­cil came into the pos­ses­sion of 422 dogs in to­tal in 2017. This fig­ure in­cludes strays en­ter­ing the pound as well as dogs sur­ren­dered to the pound. 155 dogs were re-homed or re­claimed and 140 were trans­ferred to dog wel­fare groups. 124 were eu­thanised by the lo­cal author­ity.

Tip­per­ary and Wex­ford also the only other two coun­ties who eu­thanised more than 100 dogs ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures.

In a state­ment, Kerry County Coun­cil said that the fig­ures re­leased by the De­part­ment do not take into ac­count the ser­vice it of­fers to put down and dis­pose of dogs who are old and in­firm.

In a state­ment they saidthatthe coun­cil pro­vides “a so­cial ser­vice to the peo­ple of Kerry where old and in­firm dogs are eu­thanised and the bod­ies dis­posed of at a much-re­duced rate.

“This has proven to be a very pop­u­lar ser­vice to the pub­lic and was in­tro­duced ini­tially to re­duce the num­ber of dogs aban­doned. This in­flates the num­ber of dogs put to sleep by Kerry County Coun­cil.”

They said that the num­ber of dogs put down is in fact down­ward de­spite the statis­tics re­leased by the De­part­ment.

They also stated that they do not eu­thanise healthy an­i­mals if a home can be found for them but are re­liant on the pub­lic and an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide such a home.

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