Six animal welfare groups receive cash
Six Wexford animal welfare organisations benefited to the tune of €89,000 last week.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed announced total funding of €2,560,000 to 111 animal welfare organisations throughout the country involved in protecting animal welfare.
In Wexford the largest award went to Wexford SCPA, Distillery Road, Wexford town who received €43,000. North Wexford SPCA in Gorey received €21,000 while the Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown Harbour received €12,000.
Chippers Sanctuary in Gorey received €6,000 while Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds in White Mountain, Ballindoney, Enniscorthy received €4,000. The final award went to the Sunset Appeal, St Martin's Park, Ballycullane who received €3,000.
Making the announcement Minister Creed said: 'These bodies provide a great service to the community in their work in safeguarding animals. Many of the recipients provide facilities for neglected animals that sadly in a large number of instances have been abandoned by irresponsible owners and the increased funding being awarded is evidence of my Department's on-going commitment in protecting animal welfare and a recognition of the important role played by the many organisations throughout the country in safeguarding animals particularly pet and companion animals.'
He also said he was 'greatly concerned with continuing incidences of sheep being terrorised and killed by roaming dogs and the message needs to get out to all dog owners in both urban and rural areas on the importance of knowing the whereabouts of your dog.'