In 2017 alone, the National Animal Cruelty helpline has received more than 16,500, a Dáil sitting has heard, The Irish Times reported
This amounts to a total of 53,000 received calls over the course of the past three years.
Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Agriculture revealed that the state has successfully taken 35 animal welfare prosecutions over the past number of years.
An additional 26 cases are believed to be in “various stages of prosecution”.
According to Irish Times, Mr. Doyle told the Dáil sitting that in some cases, welfare issues were due less to cruelty than to owners’ capacity to maintain their animals.
Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan said there is an increasing number of incidents and report of animal mistreatment, cruelty and abuse, despite legislation.
Minister Doyle highlighted the implementation of the legislation in question, particularly the 2013 Animal Health and Welfare Act.
He said that 40 Acts dating back to the foundation of the State were updated.
Irish Times reported that Minister Doyle said “this Government does not tolerate any instance of animal cruelty”, a view echoed by his Cabinet colleague Minister Creed who insisted that “anybody who breaks the law in terms of animal welfare will find no favour in the Department of Agriculture”.