ISPCA tips to keep your pets safe in hot weather

REPRO FREE ISPCA senior inspector Lisa OÕDonovan and Tiger, a rescued Staffordshire bull terrier at the ISPCA Mallow Equine Rescue Centre as the ISPCA appeal for donations as reports of animal cruelty are at an all-time high with 86,549 calls for help made to their National Animal Cruelty Helpline. Visit Picture. John Allen ISPCA issues an urgent plea for support as reports of animal cruelty are at an all-time high! 86,549 calls for help made to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has today launched its annual Inspectorate Report highlighting the increased number of animal cruelty reports received by the charity, with 17,338 calls for help recorded last year. A total of 86,549 calls have been received by the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline since 2014, the year in which the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) was introduced. The report outlines the 18 prosecutions with which ISPCA Inspectors were involved that were resolved in the courts in 2018. ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspectors carried out 3,494 investigations with 1,102 animals seized or surrendered and taken into ISPCA care. Since the AHWA came into force only five years ago, the ISPCA Helpline has handled 86,549 calls: 17,832 investigations have been carried out by ISPCA Inspectors; with 5,147 animals seized/surrendered, and ISPCA Inspectors have been involved with 64 prosecutions for animal cruelty which have been successfully resolved in court. Whilst the ISPCA has been disappointed with the penalties imposed in some cases, we recently saw a three year prison term handed down to a man who pleaded guilty last October to 30 charges of animal cruelty. This case was the biggest in the ISPCAÕs history and involved the removal of 340 dogs and 11 horses. ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: ÒThis particular case highlighted in the report was almost four years coming to a conclusion. Even though it was so long ago the events of that week are still fresh in the memories of all those who witnessed those scenes. Never in my 20 yearsÕ service have I seen such extreme suffering on such a scale. We discovered a number of dead animals scattered around the property, some of which had been used to feed the dogs. It was just harrowing. Although there was an appeal against the severity of the sentence it was dismissed by the Court of Appeal and the original sentence was upheld. The ISPCA felt that this outcome was appropriate.Ó The prosecutions highlighted in the report illustrate the impact that ISPCA Inspectors are having but so much more could be done if the ISPCA had sufficient resources. The ISPCA is therefore appealing to the Irish Government and the public for more funding to help fight animal cruelty enabling the ISPCA to reach the counties not currently covered. It costs approximately Û50,000 to keep an ISPCA Inspector on the road including vehicle costs, veterinary costs, uniform and equipment, administrative support and salary. With the majority of ISPCA funding received from members of the public and through gifts in wills, the ISPCA relies heavily on public support to continue our work preventing animal cruelty and alleviating animal suffering. Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed said: ÒMy Department is pleased to continue itsÕ support for the work of the ISPCA which being the nationÕs largest non-governmental animal welfare organisation means they are at the forefront of animal welfare. The cases highlighted in this report outline the remarkable, and often difficult, work being carried out by the ISPCA team. I would encourage members of the public to continue to report suspected animal cruelty concerns to either the ISPCA Helpline or to the helpline operated by my Department so that those responsible for animal cruelty can be held accountable under the law. We look forward to continued engagement with the ISPCA to ensure that all animals are fully protected and those responsible for neglecting, abusing or cruelly treating animals are dealt with robustly.Ó Chief Inspector Dowling continued: ÒWe have never been busier or under so much pressure and our resources are dangerously stretched. There are many areas in Ireland we are currently unable to reach so we need to expand our Inspectorate (currently at nine members). But we must also develop our animal accommodation facilities to enable us to take in the volume of vulnerable animals that our Inspectors may wish to remove from sub-standard situations. We often have to use private boarding kennels when our three rescue centres are full to capacity and there is a list of animals waiting to be transported to our centres once space becomes available. This is not sustainable. The cases highlighted in the report represent some of the horrific cases of animal cruelty and distressing situations ISPCA Inspectors face during the course of their work on a regular basis. We can do more if we have the resources and we are appealing to the Irish Government and the animal loving public to help us continue this vital work caring for IrelandÕs most cruelly treated, neglected and abused animals.Ó The ISPCA is issuing an urgent appeal asking the public to make a donation to help the most vulnerable animals. Please visit the ISPCAÕs secure website to donate online today ENDS Interview opportunities: ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly, Chief Inspector Conor Dowling and Senior Inspector Lisa OÕDonovan are available for interviews. Contact: Carmel Murray, Public Relations Manager on 087 0525119 or email [email protected] to coordinate. Photographer Free Repro photographs to follow provided by John Allen Photography. Telephone 086 216 2990 Ð Email [email protected] Note to editors: ISPCA Inspectors became authorised officers in 2014 after the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) was introduced and since then have used their statutory powers effectively to deal with animal neglect, cruelty and abuse. Although we would like to see stronger penalties for animal cruelty to act as a deterrent, we would like to get the message across that all animal owners and anyone who looks after animals have a legal obligation to provide them with their welfare needs. Failure to do so will result in them being held to account. The ISPCA will not tolerate animal cruelty and will do all that we can to stamp it out in Ireland. About the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Mallow: The Equine Rescue Centre is dedicated to the memory of the late Victor Dowling, veterinary surgeon and committed animal lover who remembered the ISPCA in his will. The property was developed by the ISPCA and the Equine Rescue Centre was opened in June 2007 as a direct result of his legacy gift. The Centre accommodates animals that have been cruelly treated, neglected and abused in the south of the country where they are treated, rehabilitated and responsibly rehomed. Leaving a gift in your will to help the ISPCA means that your legacy lives on, long after youÕre gone helping the ISPCA maintain and expand our services. The ISPCA depend on public donations and gifts in wills to enable us to continue our vital work helping animals that are suffering now. About our work The ISPCA is the largest national animal welfare organisation caring for all animals in Ireland and recognised at European level. The ISPCA operates three rescue and rehabilitation centres which were developed in order to support the ISPCA Inspectorate and member societies with the rescue, rehabilitation and responsible re-homing of cruelly treated and neglected animals. What we do? Prevention and Enforcement: We prevent cruelty to all animals, promote animal welfare and proactively relieve animal suffering. With nine fully trained ISPCA Inspectors, the ISPCA investigates animal cruelty in 17 counties in Ireland. Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming: Our Inspectorate rescue the most vulnerable animals, they are treated at our Centres, rehabilitated and responsibly rehomed to loving families where they will be cared for, for the rest of their lives. Education: We aim to equip pet owners and future pet owners with access to information and knowledge about how to look after their pets Advocacy and Engagement: We engage with organisations across European to achieve legislative change at EU level though our membership with Eurogroup. About our Inspectorate ISPCA Inspectors are the front line preventing animal cruelty in Ireland. As Authorised Officers under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA), they respond to allegations of cruelty, neglect and abuse and also aid sick and injured animals. While the majority of allegations investigated by ISPCA Inspectors are dealt with by means of advice or instruction, if the situation warrants stronger action, formal warnings or the seizure of animals can be issued. Read our Inspectorate Reports here The ISPCA has as a total of nine authorised Inspectors (one Chief, two Senior and six Inspectors) covering 17 counties and working with 17 affiliated member societies nationwide. How we are funded? The majority of our funding is received from public donations, legacies and through fundraising activities. The ISPCA receive an ex gratia grant from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for which we are grateful for. Get in touch You can find more information about the ISPCAÕs work, to make a donation or to report animal cruelty in confidence by visiting ISPCA National Animal Centre, Derryglogher, Keenagh, Co. Longford, N39X 257, Tel: 043 33 25035 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Wednesdays - Sundays, 11.30am to 4.00pm. ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Dromsligo, Mallow, Co. Cork, P51 YF98. Tel: 022 43218 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Visiting by appointment only. ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Barrack, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, F92 V3Y1. Tel: 074 9152360 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Visiting by appointment only. Report Cruelty: ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline: 1890 515 515, email [email protected] or report online in confidence on Established in 1949, the ISPCAÕs Registered Charity No. 2008723 and is registered with the Irish Revenue Commissioners, No.CHY5619 Follow us on social media! Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

TEMPERATURES are soaring so here are some summer tips and advice to help keep your pets safe during warm weather.

ISPCA Public Relations Manager Carmel Murray said:  “We all love the summer sunshine, but it is important plan in advance especially if you are bringing your pet anywhere with you.

“Dogs don’t have sweat glands which makes it difficult for them to stay cool so it is really important that they are not left in a hot car for any length of time as it can be fatal.

“It’s better to avoid walking your dog during intense heat, so early morning or evening walks is best when it’s cooler”. she said.

Carmel added:  “If the pavement is too hot for your hand, then it is too hot for their paws.  Always have fresh cool water available and access to shade from the sun.

“If you pet is showing signs of severe overheating, move them to a cooler area immediately, spray with cool (not cold) water, and give a small drink of water and contact your vet immediately.

“In particular older, over-weight or flat-faced dogs are even less tolerant of the heat so it is important to know the signs of overheating such as increased heart rate with excessive panting and drooling, drowsy or out of sorts, vomiting or diarrhoea”.

It is important to remember that dogs can die if left in hot cars. Pet owners often think leaving a window open is sufficient for their pet but this is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine.

By leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even for 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.

Always have fresh water available for your pet; refresh and refill more often than on a normal day and leave extra if you are going out.

You can also add ice cubes to your pet’s water. Make sure they have access to shade, and keep them indoors in cooler rooms when the heat becomes too extreme.

Ensure you leave out extra water in the shade for cats and wildlife too. If you have a rabbit or small mammals in the garden, keep their living quarters in the shade.

You could also partially cover the front of their enclosures as they can heat up very quickly. All caged animals, even if they are indoors, should be kept out of direct sunlight. Keep an eye on aviaries or birdcages, which are near to a window.

Remember household chemicals and common summer foods can be toxic to pets. If using sunscreen or insect repellent, please ensure the product is labelled as safe for use on pets. If you are unsure about certain products consult your vet.

Alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, chocolate, coconut, grapes or raisins, onions, raw meat or excessively salty foods or foods containing the sweetener xylitol can be toxic or cause serious health issues for your pet.

If you do witness an animal locked in a car on a hot day, try to establish how long the dog has been left in the car first, look for a pay and display ticket on the dashboard.

If the pet is showing signs of distress and overheating contact the local Garda station immediately or dial 999 /112 in an emergency and call our National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.

Under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA), authorised officers such as Members of An Garda Síochána or ISPCA “authorised officers” can use reasonable force to enter a vehicle and rescue a distressed animal if necessary.

Members of the public forcing entry into somebody else’s property could leave themselves open to legal action.

Please feel free to download the ‘Keep Your Pet Safe in Summer’ infographic here to share on social media with hashtags #ISPCA, #dogsdieinhotcars and #responsiblepetownership