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Dog pound suspends two staff members

TWO staff members at the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) have been suspended following allegations that a number of dogs were left without food or water.

The 10 dogs were allegedly left alone in the shelter over the three-day bank holiday weekend at the Roscommon dog pound.

It's understood that a preliminary investigation was carried out after a member of the public alerted gardaí on Monday, August 4.


Gardaí and veterinarians removed the 10 dogs from the shelter, which is run by the ISPCA and Roscommon County Council.

ISPCA chief executive Dr Andrew Kelly said the animals are in good health.

Dr Kelly said that five are currently in the ISPCA centre in Longford, one has been reunited with its owner and the rest will be "re-homed in due course", he said on RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

Dr Kelly said the two staff members were suspended after a preliminary inquiry into the incident.

The ISPCA said that it is planning a full investigation into the allegations that the dogs were left without food or water for the four days.