Sharon collars her pet cause
Sharon Ni Bheolain pictured with Spot the dog at the launch of the 2011 Spay Ireland campaign. MARC O'SULLIVAN
RTE news anchor Sharon Ni Bheolain is backing a campaign to neuter dogs because of the large numbers of unwanted pets put down every year.
Last year saw the shocking destruction of 5,296 unwanted dogs.
However, the figures for 2010 were a marked improvement on the year before when almost a third more dogs were put down.
"One in three dogs who go through the pound system will not make it out alive," said Ni Bheolain.
She was speaking at the launch of Spay Ireland 2011 in Dublin yesterday.
Ireland remains one of the worst offenders in Europe when it comes to disposing of unwanted pets.