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  • Northside West

Pound denies petition claims

Friday, 19th January, 2018 8:00am
Pound denies petition claims
Pound denies petition claims

Adam Daly


ASHTON Dog Pound has denied that owners of dogs that end up at the facility may not get their pets back after claims they aren’t being properly scanned for microchips.

An online petition calling for an independent investigation into the pound has attracted over 6,000 signatures, but management at Ashton insist that all dogs are routinely scanned.

The petition claims a Belgian Shepherd called Flex that went missing last September wasn’t reunited with its owner, despite being microchipped.

Flex’s owner, Philip Kelly, told Northside People he believed Flex was in Ashton Pound when a picture resembling him was posted on the pound’s Facebook page by a volunteer dog walker. 

‘’I went to Ashton every third day looking for him, and basically they told me that he wasn’t there,” Mr Kelly said.

“I even filled out forms at the pound that he was missing.”

However, in response to queries from this newspaper, Ashton said that no dog registered to Mr Kelly entered the pound in September.

“A Belgian Shepherd was found straying by the dog warden in Ballymun on September 26,” a spokesperson said.

 

“However, this dog was microchipped to a different owner.”

Ashton Pound is currently contracted to Dublin City Council for the purpose of providing a dog warden service and dog pound facility in accordance with the provision of the Control of Dogs Act.

Under the Act, stray dogs may be seized by wardens and brought to the dog pound where they will be kept for five days. After that, the dog becomes the property of the dog pound and can be re-homed.

In response to the petition, management at the pound said it has four microchip scanners and all dogs entering the pound are scanned and a record logged.

“We have access to the major microchip databases and we check the details online,” a spokesperson said. “We then contact the registered owner.”

The petition will be delivered to Dublin city councillor, Christy Burke, and Fingal county councillor, David McGuinness, when it reaches its target number of 7,500 signatures.

 

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