ISPCA comments on shelters are 'appalling'
I refer to comments attributed to Noel Griffin, chief executive, ISPCA (Irish Independent, April 18). Mr Griffin alleges that many dogs are transported to Britain and rehomed in appalling conditions.
Leitrim County Council works closely with a local animal welfare charity, Leitrim Animal Welfare. We have successfully rehomed over 4,000 dogs in the past 10 years in Ireland, the UK and other European countries.
We consistently have the highest rehoming rate in the Ireland -- over 95pc of all stray or unwanted dogs, which came into our shelter since 2001, have been rehomed.
All our dogs are vaccinated, wormed, neutered and, if necessary, groomed. They also have a veterinary check before being rehomed.
We rehome all healthy dogs, with the exception of dogs that are considered dangerous or have a history of attacking people or livestock.
Our dogs are transported to Britain in a specialist vehicle and are checked, fed and watered enroute. They are rehomed in the UK by reputable animal welfare charities such as Dogs Trust UK. In all cases home checks are carried out by Dogs Trust UK before and after re-homing.
Leitrim Animal Welfare and Leitrim County Council have always taken the utmost care to ensure that every dog which leaves our shelter finds a suitable and loving home.
I am appalled by the comments attributed in this article to Mr Griffin with regards standards in non-ISPCA shelters and invite him to visit our dog shelter in Leitrim.
Veterinary Officer, Leitrim