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26th May 2023

DSPCA encourages the people of Ireland to report abandoned animals

Ellen Fitzpatrick

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The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) has called on the public to report any incidents of animals being abandoned.

According to head of education and media at the DSPCA, Gillian Bird, the existing legislation is robust and she hopes to see more people reporting abuse to animals when they see it.

She told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland earlier this week that if possible, people should record registration numbers on cars.

“People were abandoning unwanted pets for a variety of reasons, but they were doing so in areas that were unsafe for the animals. If people were going to abandon animals they should do it in a place where they could be found, but really they should not abandon them at all.

“The reasons for the abandonment of animals could be seasonal, post-Covid, the increase in the cost of living, or a move to new accommodation that did not allow animals”, she explained.

She added that it now appears that the public is not as prepared to ask for help from organisations like the DSPCA.

She continued: “If there is an urgent case we will help them.”

The DSPCA however, is at capacity and it may take a while before they are able to take in any animals, with Gillian adding: “We ask the public to be patient.”


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