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Councils need to take action on animal cruelty

Published 24/12/2015

I read with horror the plight of Dusty, the unfortunate dog left to deliver her pups in a wheelie bin on an abandoned Travellers' site (News, December 22).

My horror was exacerbated by reading that an inspection had previously taken place by Derry and Strabane Council.

This brings the matter of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) of 2012 into severe doubt and poses the question as to whether the councils are taking their obligations seriously.

The 2012 Act clearly landed the councils with the obligation to monitor potential animal cruelty, or neglect, and the requirement to take appropriate action.

It would now seem that this task is being conducted by the voluntary sector.

I would hope that my letter will elicit some sort of explanation, but more important is that the council in question may wish to assess its procedures to avoid any recurrence of such neglect.


Newcastle, Co Down

Belfast Telegraph

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