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Animal cruelty Four charged in probe into use of unathorised drugs on dogs at Dublin pound

A member of staff claimed that the drugs were being used to cause the animals to die in pain.

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Four people have been charged in connection with a case of animal cruelty at a north Dublin dog pound.

An Garda Síochána began an inquiry into the Ashton Dog Pound in Castleknock last July to investigate whether unauthorised veterinary drugs were used to sedate and euthanise dogs at the pound.

A member of staff claimed that the drugs were being used to cause the animals to die in pain.

Last July, the pound was searched by a team of gardaí who seized bottles of pentobarbital sodium, a controlled drug used by vets to euthanise animals.

Computers and documents were also taken from the facility, and officers removed five dead dogs for autopsy, including a Bichon Frise and a Japanese Akita.

In January, a man in his 50s was arrested in connection with the investigation.

Now, four people and one commercial enterprise have been charged with a number of offences relating to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

One of the four individuals has also been charged with a number of offences relating to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 and the European Community (Animal Remedies) Regulations 2007.

All four individuals have been bailed to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice on August 6th 2021.

The investigation is ongoing.

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