DOG welfare supporters of both the two- and four-legged variety braved the cold on Sunday evening to attend the Carlow Lost and Found Dogs candlelight vigil. The vigil was in protest of the decision to award the contract for the dog pound and dog warden services to a private company instead of an animal welfare group.
A crowd of 150 people and their pets attended the vigil, including Fair City’s Rachel Pilkington. The gathering followed a similar event in Kilkenny last week, which saw 150 people turn out and featured speakers such as Fr Ted actress Pauline McLynn.
The event was organised by Carlow Lost and Found Dogs Facebook Group.
Co-founder Sophie Kelly said: “I firmly believe there is an opportunity here for Kilkenny and Carlow county councils to become an outstanding and historical entity in the interest of animal welfare in this country; a council that will have openness, transparency and forward thinking at its core. The fact is, €100,000 of Carlow council’s budget is put into the dog pound and dog warden services, and yet it has no say as to who is awarded the tender. That is unacceptable.”
The event was attended by a handful of local councillors. Speakers on the evening included a representative from ASH animal rescue.
A petition against the decision to award the dog pound tender to Four Seasons Promotions, trading as ACS Ltd, has attracted 9,500 signatures. Dog lovers were invited to sign their own dogs’ names with a message. These were then put on a tree at the vigil.
For more information, find Carlow Lost and Found Dogs on Facebook.