Dog Pound Meath
The problems with dog pounds in Meath are many and complex. The release of a recent report detailing the abuse of dogs taking place within Dublin city highlights the neglect, abuse and of death which awaits stray dogs in many Irish dog pounds.
Aontú representative for Meath Peter Whelan has called on the department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government to change the process by which the select contracts for dog ward and dog pound service in Meath and Ireland.
Peter Whelan knows whereof he speaks on this matter, since he ran Meath dog pound for five years until 2013, achieving an almost 90% reduction in dog put down rates, an incredible achievement. He said that he worked closely with animal welfare groups and as a result the conditions for stray animals improved tremendously during this period.
Aontú demands that local authorities affiliate a recognised animal rescue group to dog pound tenders in future, and also that pounds be located within the jurisdiction of each local authority. For example Ashton dog pound is in Dublin 15, in the Fingal area so if a dog in Dun Laoghaire strays out its gate , it will be brought to Castleknock. How is an owner expected to find their lost pet on the far side of the city?