Gillian Bird

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Paddy the rat snake is recovering after a fall from a ceiling at a Dublin house

St Patrick’s legendary powers failed this year after a five-foot snake fell out of the ceiling of a Dublin house onto a unsuspecting homeowner just on(...)

Home safe and sound: Wuffles made it back safely to Linda Malone and her daughter Aoife

Recently at my local bus stop there was a printed-out poster asking if anyone had seen a lost, forlorn-looking collie called Dionne. Dionne was a tim(...)

File photograph of a Cavachon puppy. Fortunately, Bailey found a compassionate companion in Muffy, a cairn terrier.

To look at Bailey Solan luxuriating on the kitchen couch as the slanting afternoon sunshine warms his furry coat, you’d hardly believe the chilled-out(...)

The DSPCA says the 116 puppies seized in raid on Dublin Port on Wednesday are generally in good health, but cannot be adopted yet as they may be used as evidence. Photograph: DSPCA

The 116 puppies seized by gardaí at Dublin Port cannot be put up for adoption yet because they could be used as evidence in a criminal trial, the Dubl(...)

Photograph: DSPCA

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals co-ordinated almost 50 callouts this week to check on reports of neglected horses. “We saw(...)

Fines were imposed for breaches of the dogs acts ranging from not having a dog licence to not having a dog under proper control.

Wardens issued more fines last year than in the past decade to dog owners who broke the law. However, despite the increase in enforcement, there wa(...)

Horses grazing at Dunsink parkland in Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times.  Horses grazing at Dunsink parkland. File photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DPSCA) has insisted that the horse whose charred remains were found in Tallaght yesterday(...)

A swan, one of three rescued from the Stardust Memorial Park, is taken for a bath by the DSPCA’s PJ Doyle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) has said it is seriously concerned for the wellbeing of swans and other wildlife f(...)

Cats in the DSPCA centre in Rathfarnham

At the DSCPA’s rescue and rehoming shelter, education officer Gillian Bird introduces me to kennels manager Caroline Lambe. Lambe and Bird – their ani(...)

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