A lack of attention on animal welfare

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Limerick Fine Gael candidate Leo Walsh
Limerick Fine Gael candidate Leo Walsh

THE lack of attention on animal welfare at both a local and national scale is extremely worrying.

That’s the opinion of Fine Gael local election candidate for Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, Leo Walsh who was commenting on the recent death of a neglected dog.

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The dog, which was named Hope by her rescuers, was found in dire condition with matted fur that was beyond repair. Unfortunately, after the valiant efforts from Limerick Animal Welfare, Hope passed away.

Mr Walsh believes this incident once again raised questions about who is responsible for these acts of animal cruelty.

“The lack of attention on animal welfare at both a local and national scale is extremely worrying. The most recent case of neglect highlighted the lack of animal welfare supports available. Unfortunately, this is all too common nowadays.

“It’s not just dogs that are affected. Last year, more than 120 horses were seized by Limerick City and County Council. Almost 90 per cent of them were euthanised at significant cost to the local authority”.

He believes more collaboration is required between animal owners, the council and animal welfare groups.

“I’m aware of the work it takes to ensure animals are safe and healthy. I believe the local authority must work closely with animal owners, not only to  reduce public spending on unnecessary euthanasia, but also to ensure animal safety at all times,” he said.