Former Eurovision star Linda Martin and her dog Chilly Willy were the guests of honour at the official opening of Louth Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals new kennels at Walterstown on Saturday.
A delighted LSPCA officer Fiona Squibb welcomed supporters to The Inn Between kennels which are located in the old county council dog pound at Walterstown and which have been refurbished thanks to the efforts of a hardworking group of volunteers.
'It was a brilliant day and there was a great turnout by our supporters,' said Fiona. 'We would never have got the work done without them although there is still loads to do.'
While singer Linda Martin was the official guest of honour it was her little dog Chilly Willy who stole the show. Chilly Willy is a chihuahua which was found in a pile of boots on the Ardee Road a few years ago and who makes regular panto appearances with Linda.
'It was great to have them here as Linda is a wonderful supporter of animal charities,' said Fiona.
'We can take both dogs and cats at the kennels,' explained Fiona. 'We have eight kennels for dogs and there are another four which will be opening once we've finished working on them. Five of the kennels have outside runs while the other three are suitable for bitches who have a litter of puppies or for dogs with behavioural problems. We've also got four units for cats and we will be building a proper cattery with an outside area for them.'
'There is also a huge exercise yard for the dogs to run around in and we can do training classes, small dog shows and fund-raising events there.'
Fiona paid tribute to all the volunteers and fundraisers who worked hard to see the kennels open as well as the people of Dundalk and surrounds for their support.