The Gardai have made a number of arrests related to the investigation into animal cruelty in Ashton Dog Pound. The investigation has been gathering pace since the new year, with staff and management at the pound having been recently called into Bridewell Garda Station for questioning.
The investigation is examining several claims of animal cruelty related to Ashton, including claims that large numbers of dogs were improperly euthanised at the Pound.
In July of last year Gript revealed that Gardai had searched the pound, seizing a controlled veterinary drug called Dolethal and several animal carcasses. Sid Nagle, then the vet on call at Ashton, told Gript that he had supplied the pound with Dolethal and had instructed staff at the pound in how to administer the drug to animals through their food. Nagle stood over the appropriateness of this method of administration, saying it was commonly used abroad to deal with very aggressive animals, but several vets told Gript that Dolethal should only ever administered by injection and that estimating the dosage required to euthanise an animal, as Nagle trained staff to do, could lead to the animal dying in horrific pain over an extended period of time if the dose was not correct.
Ashton has been in business for many years and had been contracted to provide pound services by all four of Dublin local authorities, receiving millions of euro in public funding. Its tender with South Dublin County Council (SDCC) was due to end in December 2020 but that was extended into 2021. SDCC is now allowing providers to apply for a new €400,000 tender for pound services – that tender was itself amended after SDCC received questions from Gript about provisions of the tender which seemed to advantage Ashton.