Dog Pound decision due this week

Protesters at the Dog Welfare march outside the County Council

D-Day is coming for the Ennis Dog Pound with Clare County Council set to announce who will take over the facility later this week.
The decision, which was originally due to be announced in April of this year, will be watched closely by several Clare animal groups who held a protest outside of the Clare County Council offices in Ennis on Monday morning, August 24.
While the council have not revealed any details of who will take over the tender for the contract, animal rights umbrella group ‘Protecting Pound Dogs in Ennis’ claim that Cork based company ACS were present on site in Ennis last week.
According to group spokesperson, Annette Kenny, an offer to meet and discuss the situation was not taken up by the Cork company last week.
“ACS were in Ennis last week, having a meeting on the site. Protecting Pound Dogs in Ennis offered an olive branch, we contacted them and tried to arrange some sort of meeting to sort this out.
“I waited myself all day for that meeting but nothing ever came of it,” she said. “We made it aware to them that we were there and ready to meet them but we heard nothing.
“We are bitterly disappointed that ACS, if they are supposed to be interested in animal welfare, why didn’t they come and meet all the animal welfare groups who wanted to meet them last week?
“We are going to keep up with our protest. Our group is adamant that ACS will not operate in Clare.”
Protecting Pound Dogs in Ennis say they have no ill will towards any of the staff currently working at Ennis Dog Pound – who they have worked well alongside over the years.
A spokesperson from Clare County Council said a decision is coming soon.
“The tendering process is continuing and as such the Council cannot comment further on the matter.
“However, the Council is hopeful that the contract will be awarded before the end of this week,” said the spokesperson.


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