PETITION TARGET: The leadership of South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Fingal County Council
UPDATE (7/22/2021): Following an investigation by An Garda Síochána, four people and one commercial enterprise have been charged with a number of offenses relating to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, a Garda spokesperson told Lady Freethinker.
One of the four individuals has also been charged with a number of offenses relating to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 and the European Community (Animal Remedies) Regulations 2007.
All four individuals have been bailed to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice on August 6 2021.
UPDATE (7/8/2021): The Dublin City Council is no longer sending dogs to Ashton Pound but hasn’t been able to find a replacement despite offering a €400,000 annual contract, the Irish Times reported.
The council said they received applications from several organizations, none of which were approved following compliance checks and evaluations.
The council is working with a number of organizations to provide short- and medium-term care for Dublin’s lost, abandoned, and surrendered animals, while looking to provide its own shelter that would have three authorized officers and dog wardens.
The Gardai investigation remains ongoing.
UPDATE (6/10/2021): The South Dublin County Council has decided to go with a new pound provider this year, following a Garda investigation into Ashton Pound over allegations of animal cruelty. In May, the council offered the contract for dog pound and dog-related services to Dublin Animal Welfare Pound Partnership. The council had first offered the one-year contract to Midland Animal Care Ltd, which then withdrew from the tender process.
UPDATE (3/11/2021): Dublin’s four councils have put out a tender for a new dog-centered shelter, following allegations of poor conditions at Ashton Dog Pound. The new shelter will aim to reunite, re-home, or foster out dogs, with dog wardens employed separately by Dublin City Council to encourage dog rescues and animal welfare groups to apply, according to FM104.
We’re going to keep watching the situation in Ireland, and we encourage the Dublin councils to remain committed to putting animal welfare first when it comes to picking a new provider.
The bodies of five dead dogs are now part of an ongoing investigation by the Irish National Police into alleged animal cruelty at a Dublin Dog Pound.
Agents with the An Garda Síochána, or Gardaí, in June seized the dead bodies of the innocent dogs, as well as bottles of unsecured euthanasia drugs, after a whistleblower reported that staff of Ashton Dog Pound were mixing the euthanasia drugs with dog food of dogs scheduled to die.
The drug is supposed to be injected by a trained vet. Instead, the dogs who ate the drugs allegedly were left to suffer painful, prolonged deaths of intense suffering as their organs slowly shut down, according to the whistleblower and as reported by multiple Irish news sources.
Irish councillors also have spoken up against treatment at the pound, with one councillor calling conditions she witnessed during an unannounced visit “Dickensian.”
“In front of me on a very bleak afternoon, I saw numerous dogs on cold wet concrete floors with no drainage, heat lamps supposedly in place to keep the animals warm not operating, no appropriate bedding in place,” Cllr. Tania Doyle told the Dublin Gazette.
The investigation remains ongoing, but one person has already been arrested. Meanwhile, Dublin’s councils have to decide whether they will renew a $1 million-plus contract for pound services to Ashton Pound.
The dogs at this Irish pound deserve justice. The four Dublin councils must take every possible step to ensure immediate and lasting change happens at this pound.
Sign this petition asking the four Dublin councils to demand the immediate removal of any personnel found complicit or negligent in the dogs’ care, additional oversight of pound operations, and established and enforced animal welfare guidelines countywide.
Then read the Lady Freethinker story about conditions at the pound here.