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2,500 Dogs impounded by Newry and Mourne Council

27 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Chairperson of the Newry and Mourne Council Environmental Control Committee Councillor Pat McGinn has said that responsible dog ownership is essential for the well being of not only dogs but the general community after it was revealed that Newry and Mourne Council has impounded over 2500 unlicensed dogs in three years.

Cllr McGinn said:

"4000 responsible dog owners licence their pets every year, that is commendable and to be welcomed. However the figure of 2500 unlicensed dogs clearly shows that irresponsible dog-ownership is a huge problem. Irresponsible dog-raising not only causes health and safety problems and disturbs neighbourhoods, but it also neglects the rights of the pets.

"The estimated costs in impounding these dogs over the past three years are probably in excess of £100,000. This in itself is a huge burden on ratepayers.

"Health and Safety regarding stray and illegal dogs is also another key issue of concern. Dog fouling in particular is a persistent and growing problem which all dog owners including those of licensed dogs need to be aware of.

"The aim for all dog lovers is for us to work towards a day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

"It is essential that we promote responsible dog ownership through campaigns and education work. By doing this we can reach not only this generation of dog owners, but the next as well, to encourage responsible dog ownership for years to come." ENDS

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