10% of dogs in Cork shelter are put down

10% of dogs in Cork shelter are put down

A City Hall report described the put-down rate of 10% as 'very modest' in comparison to other shelters nationwide. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

ALMOST 100 dogs were put down at animal shelters in Cork city in 2016 and 2017.

It represents 10% of the animals to enter the shelters, with 90% of all dogs re-homed.

A City Hall report described the put-down rate as 'very modest' in comparison to other shelters nationwide.

The figures were issued in response to a query from Solidarity councillor Fiona Ryan, who described the put-down rate as 'disproportionate.'

The 10% kill rate in City Council-run facilities is higher than the national average of 7.9%. It is, however, less than half that of the corresponding rate in County Council-run facilities.

A report from the environment directorate said: "The shelter caters for a very high number of dogs each year: 442 (2017), 495 (2016). The re-homing rate each year is one of the highest in the country: 407 (2017), 457 (2016), approximately 90%, with a very modest put-down rate of less than 10%, 43 (2017) and 50 (2016).

"The number of dogs put to sleep reflects the number of dogs entering the shelter in a state of neglect, with little choice but to humanely put them down.

"The shelter is inspected annually by a County Council Veterinary Inspection, to verify the standard of care."

In comparison, 82 of the 385 stray dogs entering Cork County Council facilities were euthanised in 2017, a put-down rate of 21%, more than double that of Cork city.

Nationally, 916 of the 11,559 animals entering pounds were put down in 2017, a rate of 7.9%.

Meanwhile, Cork City Council has also rejected a call to expand the online services of animal shelters to increase adoptions.

The CSPCA, which operates the Mahon dog shelter, has a website where pictures of stray dogs are posted in a bid to reunite them with their owners.

"All dogs leaving the shelter are microchipped, for easier traceability afterwards, with a micro scanner on the premises also which can assist with reuniting strays with their owners," said a report from the environment directorate at City Hall.

"The rehoming rate of the CSPCA is one of the highest in the country with widespread awareness of the charity. There are no further plans to expand the online service further but the matter will be kept under review bearing in mind the expanded city boundary next year."

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