Education in animal welfare vital - DSPCA

Education in animal welfare vital - DSPCA

Education in animal welfare vital - DSPCA

The Donegal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) has highlighted the importance of responsible ownership and the crucial need for education in the welfare of animals.

The society's comments come in the wake of the recent alleged attack on a puppy in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny. A witness claimed to have seen a number of youths kick the dog to death, although gardai in Letterkenny have insisted the dog died after being struck by a vehicle.

In a statement released this week, the Donegal SPCA say young people are the future animal owners in this county and nationwide. "With this in mind, this year Donegal SPCA is launching a School Visit initiative where a representative from the society will visit classrooms throughout the county to educate children on how to be responsible animal owners," a spokesperson said.

To report a suspected case of animal cruelty or neglect, please contact the Donegal SPCA Cruelty Helpline on 1800 303 202 9-10am, 6-7pm, Monday to Friday or go to www.donegalspca.ie.

"It is at times like these that animal welfare groups appreciate but also rely on the support of local communities, young and old, in raising awareness of responsible ownership and due care of animals."