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‘Horrified’ by number of dogs being put down

A TOTAL of 24 stray and abandoned dogs were put down by the Council in the past eight months as a ‘last resort’, it can be revealed
The Council has said that the humane destruction of a dog is a means of last resort when a dog is deemed unsuitable for rehoming in District. Two weeks ago, the Herald reported that over the past eight months, 24 stray and abandoned dogs have been put down throughout the Council District. New figures revealed that Fermanagh and Omagh District has the highest number of stray dogs which were put down in the North, joint with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough.
Reacting to the story published in the Herald, a reader who wishes not to be named spoke of her horror at the figures.
“This information totally shocked me – as an active animal rights supporter, particularly dogs, I was informed that no dogs were being put down by the Council. We were informed that all dogs from the pound were being rehomed at Bright Eyes sanctuary.”
The letter also detailed that, “a friend recently tried to obtain a dog from the pound and could not get anyone to answer her call or reply to her email. She finally rehomed a dog from Bright Eyes.”
A spokesman for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council explained that the Council collects all types of stray and unwanted dogs whether they are suitable for rehoming or not.
“The Council operates a robust rehoming policy for unwanted and stray dogs which is delivered in partnership with two local animal welfare shelters. Without knowing the specifics, all calls and e-mails are responded to by staff provided adequate contact details are left at the time. If a copy of the letter is forwarded on to the Licensing section, we can look into the matter for the individual concerned.”


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