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10,066 dogs killed in Irish pounds last year
20 May 2009

A total of 10,066 dogs were killed in Irish dog pounds last year. This appalling figure was revealed by Minister John Gormley in response to a Dail Question from Deputy Finian McGrath (see below).

It is unclear what percentage of these dogs were greyhounds or hunting hounds as the breeds of the dogs killed are not recorded.

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Question 362 - Answered on 12 May 2009

Finian McGrath:

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of animals destroyed in dog pounds here in 2008 and 2009 along with a breakdown of the dog breeds in question; and if the breeds are not currently recorded, his views on making it compulsory for pounds to record this data.

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr Gormley):

The number of dogs put to sleep in local authority dog pounds in 2008 was 10,066 which is a 20% decrease on the 2007 figure of 12,649. Further details are available on my Departmentís website. Figures for 2009 will not be available until early 2010. Details are not breed specific and there are no plans to alter these arrangements.

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