THE LIMERICK Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has urged the public to be wary of ‘bogus animal collectors’ in the region.
The organisation has received several reports that a number of individuals are claiming to be from the LSPCA, are travelling in a white van similar to their own vehicle, and are claiming to collect stray animals on behalf of the organisation.
The chairperson of the LSPCA, Geraldine Nardonne, said the organisation is dismayed to hear of these reports as it may indicate there may be threats to the welfare and good care of animals.
“Our transport vans are clearly identified with the LSPCA logos, and our personnel only attend to genuine calls where the cruelty of animals is a factor. We only ever collect animals if they are surrendered by their owners and with all the proper paperwork,” she explained.
She has called on the public to be aware of this type of activity and to report any suspicions they may have about bogus animal collections to the gardai.
The van was seen in Limerick city and suburbs in recent weeks.