AFTER months of debate, Limerick city councillors have finally decided to go ahead with the building of a dogs home at Longpavement. And city architect, Mr Jim Barrett, has told the Limerick Leader that he expects work on the building, which will include caretakers’ facilities, to begin within twelve months. The site chosen is right next to the city boundary and as the land is now owned by the Corporation, they have to get a compulsory order to acquire it. Also a new design including the caretakers’ accommodation will have to be drafted and agreement got from the County Council, who are going ‘fifty-fifty’ with the Corporation on the scheme. Only three councillors out of the 16 present were against the siting of the new home: Cllr John Quinn, Tim O’Driscoll and Kevin Kiely – all from that Ward. At the previous meeting, after a debate, officials were asked to re-examine the matter and still recommended Longpavement as the most suitable location. Half of the cost of the unit is to be met by the Department of the Environment. Members of the Limerick branch of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stressed the urgency of getting a dog control unit.
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