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Saturday 21 October 2017

Puppy love for doggies on new maternity wing

Minister Simon Coveney officially opens the new Dogs Trust puppy wing with Mark Beazley and Kathrina Bentley.
Minister Simon Coveney officially opens the new Dogs Trust puppy wing with Mark Beazley and Kathrina Bentley.

It's a maternity wing with a difference - dogs only will be accommodated.

Thanks to the Dogs Trust, Dublin has opened a state-of-the-art puppy accommodation, built at their Finglas base.

It was opened yesterday by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney who met a few of the cuddly canines who are lucky enough to be getting the special attention of the staff there.

The much-needed extension to the Dogs Trust flagship Rehoming Centre will help save the lives of over 500 additional puppies every year, according to executive director Mark Beazley.

The wing is in response to surging levels of puppies being abandoned across the country.

Unfortunately, despite recent legislative changes in relation to dog breeding, over 90,000 puppies are bred in Ireland every year.

Whilst saving a lot of dogs lives, the new labour ward offers everything a canine mum and her pups need for a healthy and safe start in life.

It also creates seven new jobs including specialist puppy carers and veterinary staff.

"Whilst there has been a decrease in levels of destruction in Irish pounds and significant improvements in animal welfare legislation and enforcement, unscrupulous puppy farming remains an unacceptable reality today," said Mr Beazley.

"There is much to be done in improving welfare standards and the new puppy wing is a huge step forward," he added.

The new wing will cost €400k annually to run. As Dogs Trust does not receive any government funding it is asking for the public to support its work and donate what they can so that its can keep up the life-saving work.

Dogs Trust has been working in Ireland since 2005 and its mission is to bring an end to the destruction of stray and abandoned dogs through a national responsible dog ownership campaign, including neutering and an education programme.

More information can be found on www.dogstrust.ie.

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