Dogs might be a man's best friend, and a postman's nightmare, but one postman in Tipperary is sticking up for the four legged animals by suggesting that more should be done to reduce the levels of euthanasia amongst surrendered animals.
Councillor Seamie Morris (Sinn Fein), a postman by profession, spoke passionately about trying to reduce the number of dogs having to be put down and joked that he must be 'the only postman sticking up for dogs.'
With more than 2,700 dogs registered in the county, a whopping 237 were surrendered in the last year. Of those, 43 were put down (18%) but 147 were rehoused, and 22 were reclaimed by their owners.
Director of Services Mr Matt Shortt praised the work of animal rescue organisations such as Mo Chara and said that they undertake magnificent work on very small budgets.
Cllr Morris said that everything possible should be done to try and support those charities. "The work they do is fantastic and if we can reduce the number of animals we are having to put down by getting them rehoused, that's a very positive step," he said.
Cllr Jim Ryan supported.
Meanwhile Mr Shortt revealed that the number of stray horses being picked up by the council has halved in the last year to 84. Each horse collected costs €1,000, but €300 of that is recouped from the Department of the Environment. The council is continuing to monitor this situation, he said.
Cllr. Matty Ryan said wild deer are now a much bigger problem in some parts of the county than stray horses - a comment with which Mr Shortt agreed.