Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Microchip your pets.

It must be heart breaking to lose a pet, it must be further heartbreaking to hear a much love pet has been destroyed but this is a prime and perfect example of why it is safer and more logical to microchip your animals. Collars get lost or snagged, or removed in some cases. If this couple has microchipped their dog the pound could have scanned their animal the moment it came in.



Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Mornin FMC,

I don't particularly think microchips are neccessary yet, but the pound should definately look into its procedures - that is just petty bureaucracy.

10:26 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Morning Sheepie. I'd disagree, if that dog had been chipped the pound would have scanned it and could have located and called the owner immediately.
It's unfortunate the dog was picked up by a shelter with a kill policy though. But considering the huge amount of stray and unwanted dogs in ireland I understand the pound probably has limited resources. And yet you see people baulk at spaying and neutering dogs. We have a very peculiar attitude to animal welfare in this country.

10:46 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stray dogs and animals are a major problem in Irealnd, I remember seeing the statistics and they are shocking.
Generally the purchase of a dog/puppy is an impulse thing, who could resist the lure of a friendly, cute little pup, especially when your kids are clambering around, pleading with you, "can we pleeeease have him?" So you get the pup and shortly after the kids promises to look after the littel fella fall by the wayside, so your left looking after Muttley, and the cute little pup, turns out to be a bloody big dog, that barks and pees and does his business in your tiny back garden, which makes it a less that suitable place to lie on the grass. You go on holidays and Muttley has to be looked after by someone, or put into a kennels, who charge the same as a creche.

There are doghairs on your new sofa and in your car and on your nice clothes.
The yard smells of dog pee and your constantly hosing, disinfecting and cleaning up dog poo. have to play with the critter cos if you dont, he will chew the other arm off the new leather sofa or the doors of the new kitchen cabinets, and what seemed like a good idea at the time has turned out to be a nightmare.

So what happens, poor Muttley ends up at the pound, or is abandoned on the side of the road, to fend for himself, a despicable act which happens frequently.

Why oh why, do people do this?

I don't blame the pound, it's sad for the owner, of course it is, I have a dog and know what I would feel like if it happened to me, at the same time I know the strain that the pounds are operating under.

And how did they arrive at the figure of 38.000euro?
Ok, so a dead dog can be like a death in the family, but 38,000?

11:16 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's something like 25000-30,000 dogs a year destroyed in Irish pounds a year. God knows how many cats. And this will carry on as long as people let their animal breed indiscriminately.

11:48 a.m.  
Blogger galwaywegian said...

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12:26 p.m.  
Blogger galwaywegian said...

why stop with cats and dogs?

12:28 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I think the people at this pound were idiots.

"let's see, we've got a guy calling every day, several times, looking for his collie. He says it's black and white. Oh, look, here's a collie. It's black and white, but also a bit tan here and there. Can't be the same one, can it? Nahhhh...MUST be a different dog. Right, here's your shot."

They didn't even THINK to call him and say "erm, does your dog have ANY Tan in it at all?" before putting it down?

I'd sue too. Ridiculous.

12:28 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

How come the dog was picked up? Dogs should not be wandering around unsupervised and if they are that's the owner's negligence. You should see the lengths and expense we've gone to keep ours contained. (plus they're chipped and neutered)

1:56 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Afternoon dudes,

I do agree that pets should be micro chipped and mine are, but, they got that dog in 1994 that was 14 years ago and NOBODY had there animals chipped 14 years ago. Also, clearly they made no attempt to find the Dogs owners, he was only missing two measly weeks. I think they should have been awarded compensation and I hope the appeal.

I am quite sympathetic to their plight as my parents dog (whom I was minding) got out at Christmas, he had a collar and name tag on. I phoned every pound in the city. Eventually having been told that no animals were sent to the emergency vet in UCD, I took it upon myself to drive out there and take a gander. Luckily they had my doggie, he was donning a broken paw. A broken paw that he was left to deal with himself, had I not have arrived that day (he was just there from the previous night) the dog would have been sent back to the DSPC to be put down. Why? Because there was no one to pay for treatment. Considering the money they make, that my friends is disgraceful. They should have to keep them for three months or set up a web site of missing animals.



2:00 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I think there is a site for dogs who enter pounds, it's called Dogs in Distress.

2:08 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Our pups will get the chips put in when we have them fixed, no question.
I would have sued the pound as well. It sounds like a case of open negligence.

2:10 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Yeah, I'd have to question- like Andraste said- why the pound didn't mention they had a collie in with them.
Than being that he ought to have left a photo of the dog with them, or at least an accurate description.
It's a nasty one, but like I said, microchipping can really help locate an animal.

3:05 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Galwaywegian- is there more to that link? It just comes up not found.

3:07 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

What a sad story.

Trouble's chipped but really, around here she has more chance of being eaten by a coyote or something than being picked up by the pound. In which case the coyote would be chipped and the story would end for her in a pile of unusually informative, tragic poo.

3:43 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

My three are chipped too. But they rarely bother their arse going anywhere these days. Age is catching up with them it seems. Certainly Puddy and The Bigger of the Cats are content to hang about the place eating (Puddy) and being annoying (TBOTC). I don't know where the Marklar is, but he won't be far.

3:51 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

Microchipping the kids is the next step.

7:46 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

YOu can actually get a tagging devise for your kids now, they can either wear it on their clothing or on their school bag.

8:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aye. But mot kids toss their bags anywhere and jumper is first thing to come off with a hint of a warm day.

Microchip 'em....

8:39 p.m.  
Blogger galwaywegian said...

sorry FMC, technologically challenged.

10:05 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Holy crap! I wonder does he set off alarms and airport security a lot.

11:30 a.m.  
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