Wexford ISPCA hits back at critics over abandoned dog
Published 19/08/2000 | 00:11
THE WEXFORD branch of the ISPCA has hit back at criticism of the town's animal welfare services over the time it took to respond to reports...
THE WEXFORD branch of the ISPCA has hit back at criticism of thetown's animal welfare services over the time it took to respond to reports of an injured dog lying on the main street of Wexford last Wednesday. Abandoned The lurcher dog, which had to be destroyed, had a broken pelvis and was lying abandoned on the main street for some time before an official from local branch of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrived and took it to a local vets. Barbara Bent, from the Wexford branch, said the dog's plight was first reported to Wexford gardai by a member of the public at around 4 p.m. The gardai passed the report on to the Environment Section of Wexford County Council. The environment section then called the dog warden, but he was some considerable distance from Wexford and only arrived at 5.45 p.m. `At this stage one of our committee had been called and took the dog to a vets where it was out down,' said Mrs. Bent. She said the gardai, ISPCA, the council and dog warden had all come in for criticism, but they had done their best. `The fact was that somebody wasn't there instantly to take it, but the fact is we only have one dog warden. We could do with four, one in each of the towns. `We went down and picked it up as soon as we heard about it. We did our best,' she said, adding that the abandoned dog was terribly thin and emaciated and had possibly been struck by a car. `We have never had as busy a summer with unwanted puppies... this sad dog was just a by-product of what's happening. People love to blame the council, vets, the society, but basically it's people who don't look after their animals who are to blame.' Totally stretched Mrs. Bent said animal welfare services in Wexford were totally stretched by the numbers of young dogs being abandoned over the summer, a situation she blamed on irresponsible dog owners who allowed their dogs to breed. `The puppies are given away to people who don't really want them and then three months later they end up being abandoned,' she said.