Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Horror' as seven healthy pups euthanised by animal charity

Seven of the pups were put down by the charity
Seven of the pups were put down by the charity
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

An animal rights activist was "horrified" when an animal charity put down seven healthy pups in their care.

Cheryl Mellet, an animal rights activist, was alerted to a stray dog who had given birth to 11 pups in a ditch and immediately contacted the Monaghan SPCA for help.

The stray dog who gave birth to 11 pups
The stray dog who gave birth to 11 pups

"When I asked what happened to the pups I was told the mother and four boys had gone to MSPCA.  I asked where the other seven were and I was horrified to be told that MSPCA asked have them taken to their vets and had instructed all females pups to be put down, leaving only four males,” Cheryl told Independent.ie.

Cheryl has called for an investigation into the incident which she called “unethical” and “immoral”.

“Not only is it unethical and immoral but it is also illegal. These dogs all 12 of them were stray dogs and under the control of dogs act are entitled to five days tray time before anyone can make such a decision. These were perfectly healthy pups and the mother is actually in quite good body condition for a dog that strayed and managed to have them by herself in a ditch,” said Cheryl.

In a statement the Monaghan SPCA said: "The mother and pups were first brought to our attention Friday July 29 by a member of the public known to us, who is a person interested in animal welfare. 

"This person explained to us that the 'bitch was very thin' and had given birth to 11 pups only one day old.

“Based on this information, and based on our experience of rearing pups in a shelter environment, the MSPCA made the decision to reduce the litter to ensure the welfare of the bitch and the remaining pups.

“We ask the public to try to consider the extent of the work we do as volunteers on a daily basis and the difficult situations we encounter and overcome.

“The owner of the mother and pups has been located, updated and consent given to the MSPCA to look after them. Mother and pups are progressing well.”

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