Councils unite in calls for review of Ashton Dog Pound

by Gazette Reporter

Fingal County Council is set to form a working group to review operations at Ashton Dog Pound which is the subject of a garda investigation.

Councillors unanimously passed a motion brought forward by Cllr Tania Doyle (Ind) to review its contract with the D15 pound which faces allegations of animal cruelty.

Cllr Doyle, who has repeatedly raised the issue in the past, called for facilities at the pound to be urgently upgraded and the possibility of replacing the current management to be examined.

She said that the conditions in the pound were “Dickensian” and that she wanted to see the pound “taken into the overall local authority control”.

The Clonsilla-based councillor says she will now be engaging with the executive of Fingal County Council’s environment department to ensure the motion is acted upon as quickly as possible.

Dublin City Council has already ordered a review of operations at the pound where a staff member is alleged to have administered a lethal drug incorrectly.

In July, Gardai searched the premises and removed laptops and documents, as well as four dead dogs in a freezer for autopsy.

Cllr Shay Brennan (FF) says he has submitted a motion to request Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to review its contract with Ashton Pound.

He wants the local authority to “seek termination if there is found to be any truth to the rumours that the dogs are being mistreated”.

Dog advocacy group DLR Dog also says it is calling on DLR “to cease using this pound with immediate effec..”

Protestors have demonstrated outside Dublin City Council offices and Ashton Dog Pound calling for its closure since the garda investigation was launched.

Related Articles