The LSPCA have reported that dog owners are leaving their pets uncared for when they go away on holiday.
“Some people do leave their dogs when going on holiday but most times there is a neighbour going to feed them but neighbours do not see them going in.
“Some may however be left on their own and that is when neighbours complain because the dogs are barking,” said Chairperson Dorothy Parker.
Putting a dog in a registered kennel can be expensive, €15 a day and more as yearly vaccinations such as kennel cough need to be brought up to date, costing the owner close to €200 extra for their week away.
However Ms Parker says the expense of caring for a dog is simply part of being a responsible owner.
“Our advice would be to preferably put the dog in a registered kennels, otherwise have someone go in and feed and walk the dog and spend some time with it. It is expensive but part of being a responsible dog owner,” she said.
The LSPCA is volunteer run, largely relying on donations and funds from their charity shop in Hynd’s Square Portlaoise, rescuing and rehoming injured, abused and neglected pets.