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More Wonderful Work by Our Inspector Alice

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Well done to Inspector Alice Lacey for all the hard work she put in to achieve a successful prosecution in this horrendous Waterford City case and to get justice for these Wheaten Terriers.
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Milos Magical Ending

Milo, the mastiff cross was rehomed through the Waterford SPCA in January.

We could not be happier with the outcome. He has found his fairytale ending.

His new owners have embraced Milo and he is now one of the family.

We couldnt have found a more perfect home

The Waterford SPCA would like to say a big thank you to all of those who have taken one of our animals into their families and given them the home they deserve.

Our Good Work Paying Off

Cashel woman convicted of cruelty to five dogs

On 23rd March 2017 in Cashel District Court, a woman from Kilbraugh, Thurles, Co Tipperary was convicted on five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs. She was fined €2500 and ordered to pay €1,108 in vet costs and €1000 legal costs.

The case related to a visit made by ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey to the defendant’s property on 7th December 2015 to investigate allegations that a number of dogs at the property were in poor condition.

Inspector Lacey discovered five dogs, a Pomeranian, three black Labrador crosses and a Saluki, living in horrendous conditions confined to a filthy pen without access to water, food or adequate shelter.  The dogs were all underweight for their breed and size and two of the younger puppies had a heavy worm burden.  All five dogs were signed over to the care of the ISPCA and immediately removed for a veterinary examination.

The Pomeranian, named Hector by rescuers, had an extremely badly matted coat and was covered in faeces. His condition was so bad that Inspector Lacey was initially unable to distinguish his breed and he had to be completely shaved under sedation. A veterinary examination also revealed that he had lost all of his teeth except for two. This little dog required an extensive period of rehabilitation.

ISPCA Inspector Lacey said, “The living conditions these dogs were kept in were horrendous and animal neglect will not be tolerated. Pet owners have a legal responsibility to provide appropriate care for their animals. If owners are unable to care for their animals appropriately, our Inspectors will provide advice or give instruction however, in certain circumstances animals will be seized and we will instigate legal proceedings in serious cases.

All of the dogs have since been responsibly rehomed following their rescue and rehabilitation.

Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report online in confidence here.

The ISPCA believes that the right balance of enforcement and education will result in long term changes in attitudes towards animal welfare in Ireland.  We would like to see animal welfare taught as part of the national school curriculum so that one day we can end cruelty to all animals.

The ISPCA has as a total of eight authorised Inspectors (one Chief, two Senior and five Inspectors) covering 17 counties and working with 19 affiliated member societies nationwide.

Last year, 16,312 calls were made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline resulting in over 3,200 investigations, 995 animals were seized or surrendered, 32 prosecutions initiated resulting in 15 finalised in court, compared to nine in 2015. The Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) came into force three years ago on 6th March 2014.  Since then the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline has received over 53,000 calls. ISPCA Inspectors have carried out 11,065 investigations and over 2,795 animals were seized or surrendered. A total of 92 prosecutions have been initiated, 25 of which have been finalised in court to-date. Full report here http://www.ispca.ie/ispca_inspectorate/

90% of ISPCA funding is received from public donations, legacies and through fundraising activities. If you can make a donation to support our work, please visit our donation page here.  Thank you.

Owner pleaded guilty to neglect of a Mallinois dog in Thurles District Court on 26/7/2016

 

A man in Cappaghwhite was fined 500eur (offences under S.12 of AHWA Act 2013) for neglect of his Mallinois dog in August 2015.  Following a report on the 12 August 2015 the Waterford Inspector Alice Lacey visited this persons  property in Cappaghwhite with Garda, a Veterinarian and the Dog Warden to find Cara, a beautiful Mallinois bitch practically collasped in a shocking weakened state, emaciated and dehydrated.  She seized Cara who had to be put on a drip to be rehydrated and given ongoing veterinary treatment before she was fit to be moved to the Society’s kennels. The dog was later surrendered by her owner to the Waterford SPCA. The owner’s defence was he only owned the dog for 5 o 6 weeks and that she failed to put on weight since he got her however after two weeks at the Waterford SPCA Kennels Cara looked like a different dog and had put on  quiet a lot of condition. Waterford SPCA believes it is crucial people who neglect animals realize it is not acceptable and feel the full rigours of the new Animal Welfare Legislation. This was one of three recent cases to come to court for neglect of dogs and successfully pursued by our Animal Welfare Inspector Alice Lacey.  Well done Alice. Ref 5490 Belgian Malinois Female Cappawhite 13-8-15 (6)Ref 5490 Belgian Malinois Female Cappawhite 13-8-15 (3)

What To Do If You Have Lost Your Pet – The Waterford Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals | WSPCA

What To Do If You Have Lost Your Pet

If you have lost your pet here are a few tips to help find them:

  • Contact the WSPCA by emailing us at waterfordspca@eircom.net with all your pets details and pictures of your pet.  Contact other welfare group as they may have your dog or cat. Some groups, like the WSPCA keep a Lost & Found Book so give your details to them.
  • For dogs contact the local Dog Wardens – you have only 5 working days to claim your lost dog.
  • Contact all your local vets to see if anyone has brought it in or has put up a notice saying they have found a dog or cat matching the description of the one you have lost.
  • Put up Posters in local Vets, Post Offices, Shops, Garda Stations, Bus Stops, etc. Put up signs on your regular walk route in case the dog has taken itself for a walk – other dog walkers may have seen it as well. Advertise in your local or even national newspaper.
  • Place an ad in the lost and found section of www.irishanimals.com, http://www.lostandfoundpets.ie,  www.petsireland.invisionzone.com and IrishDogs.ie. Post a photo and description to Facebook. “Lors lost dogs page” is a great Facebook page for lost and found dogs.
  • Talk to local Lollypop Ladies and kids as they see and hear a lot. Check your local shops, post offices, etc to see if someone has put up a notice saying they have found a dog or cat matching the description of the one you have lost.
  • Contact the Local Garda Station leaving your name, phone number and a description of your pet.  As a last resort, contact the local County Council for your area as they remove dead animals from the roads in case the animal was involved in a car accident.
  • If you find your pet please remember to contact all the organisations and people you have told about your lost pet so they know your pet has been found and please take down all posters and signs.