THE family of the late pensioner Peggy Mangan say she could have been found alive if a trained bloodhound was used shortly after she went missing.
The family claimed earlier today that they were informed there was a shortage in trained bloodhounds for such searches.
Peggy’s daughters Louise and Orla were speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning.
They said the delay in calling out a trained bloodhound to search for her could have prevented her death.
The family claimed that the gardai have to officially call in a bloodhound before it can join the search.
Peggy’s daughters believe that had the trained dog been called in earlier, they could have found her alive.
“We don’t have enough of them and there’s none in Dublin.
“We met up with a man called Glen from Irish rescue dogs and he would have been good to go had he been called that day.
“He has to be called by the gardai. He said the fact it was an Alzheimer’s patient that he would have left work to do it.
“He only came up on the Saturday and by that stage was too late. If we had of had Glen and the bloodhound on the Tuesday I believe my mam would still be alive.”
Peggy went out for a walk on Tuesday, September 24, with her 10-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Casper, from her home in Terenure, south Dublin.
But she did not return home – sparking a major search and numerous sightings all across Dublin.
Gardai trawled CCTV footage and the streets, while 150 volunteers helped to comb parklands in the north Dublin area.
She had walked nine kilometres to a patch of grass near Ikea, in Ballymun, on the northside of the city, where her body was tragically found four days later.
Casper was alive and had never left her. But he died just hours later in the care of a vet.
A Garda spokesperson told Independent.ie: "Every missing person incident is fully investigated and depending on the type of case and on an assessments of the risk, different Garda resources will be applied.
"Gardaí have access to general search dogs attached to the Garda Dog Unit and where it is considered usefull they will be deployed to assist the investigation."