Fianna Fáil bye-election candidate in Roscommon-South Leitrim, Cllr Ivan Connaughton, has called on Roscommon County Council to immediately review its agreement with the ISPCA in the operation of Roscommon Dog Pound after two staff members were suspended over allegations of animal cruelty.
He commented: “I, like many people throughout Roscommon was shocked and horrified at reports of extreme animal cruelty at Roscommon Dog Pound. It is sickening to hear reports that dogs were locked up in chains and malnourished while one dog is alleged to have had a wire tied around its neck.
“This is even more outrageous considering the fact that the ISPCA is there for the express purpose of protecting animals against cruelty. The investigation must be conducted in a speedy manner and I would hope that urgent action is taken as a result of this.
“Roscommon County Council has the ultimate responsibility for Roscommon Dog Pound and they need to provide answers as to how dogs could be left unattended, malnourished and tied up in such cruel conditions. The Council must also review its agreement with the ISCPA and ensure there is more supervision of both the dogs at the Pound and the staff that are supposed to look after them.
“It is a gross breach of public trust to subject animals to this treatment especially when the ISPCA is renowned nationwide for its kind, gentle and humane care of dogs. I hope this episode doesn’t damage the reputation of the ISCPA in the long-term but they also have to answer some serious questions regarding the operation of Roscommon Dog Pound.
“The ISPCA should also review it operations of Dog Pounds throughout the country to ensure dogs are not treated in this manner in any other areas.”