Multiple people charged with animal cruelty offences

Four people, and a commercial entity, have been charged with animal cruelty offences after an investigation into the euthanasia of dogs at a dog pound. One of the individuals has also been charged with a number of offences related to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 and the European Community (Animal Remedies) Regulations 2007.

The investigation was launched in July of last year, after a whistle-blower claimed that staff members at the pound were euthanizing animals by administering the veterinary drug Dolethal orally, and that this situation had led to a number of animals dying in unnecessary, and extreme, pain.

The pound was searched by Gardai last year, and a number of animal carcasses and bottles of Dolethal were seized.

The individuals are due to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice next month, on the 6th.

Gardai say the investigation is ongoing.

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