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Sunday 17 December 2017

Majority of ISPCA cases involve 'irresponsible pet ownership' - report

Conor Dowling at launch of report with rescued dog Bailey. Source: ISPCA website
Conor Dowling at launch of report with rescued dog Bailey. Source: ISPCA website
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has said that over 15,000 calls were made to its helpline last year.

The animal charity also carried out 3,000 investigations into animal cruelty and ISPCA inspectors took more than 1,100 animals into care, including 818 dogs, 82 cats and 74 horses.

In its Inspectorate Report for 2015 which was published today, it was revealed that a total of 35 prosecutions were instigated under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said that most cases involved irresponsible pet ownership, with fewer cases involving malicious treatment of animals.

Speaking on Newstalk Drive this evening, he said: “We’re still lacking in terms of responsible pet ownership.

"There are people who don’t get their dogs neutered, which there is no reason for that at all. It’s hard to figure out why people do what they do, but most of the time we come across offences of omission, or perhaps an animal gets sick and injured and they don’t care for it, rather than the pets being physically abused.”

Mr Dowling is also calling for those responsible for animal cruelty, neglect or abuse to be held accountable.

“The figures for this year are showing we’re going to have a similar number of investigations, probably even higher. We are seeing a trend of more people coming through us,” he added.

The ISPCA has a total of eight authorised inspectors covering 17 counties and working with 19 affiliated member societies nationwide.

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