| -0.1°C Dublin

ISPCA worker sacked after ten dogs left for weekend with no food

The ISPCA has confirmed that a member of staff has been dismissed after 10 dogs were left without food or water over a bank holiday weekend.

The staff member was dismissed for gross misconduct, CEO, Dr Andrew Kelly said.

The action followed an investigation by the Society into the incident at Roscommon Dog Pound over two days of the August Bank Holiday period.

The ISPCA has held the contract for managing the pound for Roscommon County Council for the last 27 years. A preliminary investigation was carried out after a member of the public alerted gardai to the situation at the pound in Rosckfield, Donamon on Monday, August 4.

Gardai and vets removed the 10 dogs from the shelter.


The members of staff were initially suspended by the ISPCA pending a full investigation into allegations that the animals had been left without food or water for 48 hours.

Dr Kelly confirmed that the incident had been fully investigated and one staff member had been dismissed.

He also revealed that, as a result of the incident, the County Council had accepted the Society's offer to terminate its long-standing contract.

"We took full responsibility for the incident over the bank holiday weekend in August and carried out a full investigation.

"As a result, a member of staff was dismissed for gross misconduct."

Dr Kelly explained that he felt the best thing to do after the incident at the Roscommon facility was for the charity to withdraw from its involvement.

He stressed the decision to terminate the contract was driven by the ISPCA and it would not be bidding for the new one. Roscommon Co Council is now re-advertising the contract for the operation of the dog pound.

Tenders are currently being invited for the operation of the service and a site visit to view the facilities at Rockfield will be held on November 11.

Completed tenders have to be returned to the Council by November 20.