Pets will get sick on Santa’s sleigh, DSPCA kids warn

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Children are being asked not to put an animal on their Christmas wish list because the animals get sick on Santa’s sleigh, the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has said.

“The simple advice is that the animals get motion sickness, so they don’t travel very well on the sled, so they aren’t delivered by Santa,” said Gillian Bird of the DSPCA. New.

Instead of having a pet for Christmas, Ms Bird recommends doing some research into what that entails and perhaps fostering an animal first:

“The best thing is if you’ve got someone who really wants an animal, it’s all about research. These are the things they need.

“So if you are planning to have a pet for your family – because it’s a pet – then maybe for Christmas what you need is a book on how to take care of.” the animal. You need to get some of the equipment you need, you need the dog bed, collars, leashes, a vet voucher and for the vaccines you will need.

“And then go to a rescue center after Christmas and adopt one. Or ideally, adopt one at Christmas and then you’ll have a really good idea if this is the right animal for you.

Illegal puppies

Ms Bird has previously said that it is extremely difficult to stop the sale and trade of illegal puppies in Ireland and that the current legislation needs to be updated:

“Unfortunately in Ireland we have a law called the Dog Breeding Establishment Act where people can register as breeders.

“And one of the problems faced by the DSCPA and the Irish Kennel Club is the fact that there is no limit to the number of dogs that can actually be registered.

“If you can prove that you can adequately care for 400 or 500 breeding female dogs, they’ll license you for it.

“And who in their right mind can actually take care of this number of female dogs and their puppies properly and adequately?”

Guard raid

Earlier this week, the DSPCA was involved in a multi-agency operation with An Garda Síochána and South Dublin County Council in which dozens of pets were found living in “inhumane conditions”.

Animals found in inhumane conditions at Citywest. Photo by: An Garda Síochána

38 dogs, cats, parrots, tarantulas, a snake, a scorpion and a centipede were all rescued from the cages of two Citywest apartments.

No arrests have been made but a Garda investigation is underway.

Main picture: Santa Claus reads a letter from a child. Photo by: PhotoXpress / ZUMA Press.

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