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Kildare Budget 2014 - It’s a dog’s life

Spending by Kildare County Council on the operation of a dog warden service is estimated to drop in 2014.

Next year it is estimated the Council will spend €200,000 on the service, which is operated by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

At their Budget meeting on 16 December, the Council agreed to a budget of €185,000, a cut of 7.5 per cent in the budget.

Cllr. Ivan Keatley noted the €15,000 cut in the service.

Director of Services, Joe Boland, said the dog service was stretched, adding: “They do a very good job on limited resources.”

He said that they did not expect a drop in the service.

Of the overall veterinary service budget, the estimate for other animal welfare services, including horse control, will remain at €55,000.

The budget for the inspection of abattoirs will also remain the same at €237,500, while that for food safety is €25,000.

In addition to the above, another €55,351 is being added to the budget to cover “service support costs” or administrative costs for the schemes.

 

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