Huge increase in number of abandoned dogs at Kilkenny Dog Shelter


According to the latest figures, there has been an increase in the number of abandoned dogs at Carlow/Kilkenny Dog Shelter.

A presentation on animal welfare was made at a recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee. Until August 31 of this year, the shelter treated 227 dogs, including 190 strays and 37 abandonments.

The meeting heard that 167 dogs have been rehomed (81 by the shelter and 86 by the charity) and 50 dogs have been recovered. These figures mark an 89% decrease compared to the same period the previous year.

“During Covid, dog ownership has become very popular. Since the restrictions were lifted, there have been a lot more wanderings and surrenders,” a council spokesperson said.

However, Kilkenny leads the way in animal welfare and has its own Animal Welfare Charter, which was put in place in 2020. There is also an Animal Welfare Committee, which includes elected members and representatives from the IFA, canine charities, KTCM, KSPCA, local gardaí and My Lovely Horse Rescue.

The committee advises and makes recommendations to Council on addressing issues relating to the welfare of animals, particularly dogs and horses, controlling the number of horses and dogs maintained at sustainable levels, particularly in the city of Kilkenny and promoting council animal welfare standards for dogs and horses. to pet owners.

Cllr Andrew McGuinness said he was ‘very proud’ of what has been achieved in Kilkenny in terms of animal welfare.

“Fantastic progress has been made since the committee was established in 2015. This could not have happened without the collaboration of all stakeholders.

“Carlow/Kilkenny Dog Shelter is one of the best in the country in terms of facts and figures and has a zero death rate. This was achieved through perseverance and patience,” he said.

The meeting also heard that Midland Animal Care, which currently runs the shelter, has been awarded the contract for a further three years, with an option for a two-year extension.

The council spokesman also told CPM members that under the Dog Control Act, all dog owners are required to have licenses and have their dogs microchipped.



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