The Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) is in financial difficulties despite a major property deal which also involved a substantial donation from a local property developer.
Staff at CSPCA have not being paid for the third time in the past 12 months. Diarmuid Kilcullen told The Irish Times the society had taken steps to secure funding and ensure there would be no repeat of the situation.
The society moved last September from a valuable city-centre site at Clontarf Street to a newly-designed animals’ home in Mahon after negotiations with property developer Owen O’Callaghan.
O’Callaghan Properties designed and built the new centre at a cost of €3 million and then exchanged the premises for the site at Clontarf Street, which is now part of a planned €210 million quayside development.
It is understood O’Callaghan Properties also agreed to pay €750,000 to the CSPCA on finalisation of title and has already paid 50 per cent as a goodwill gesture. Payment of the remaining €375,000 is awaiting finalisation of title and other legal matters.
The CSPCA is largely dependent on donations and bequests from benefactors. However, it does receive funding from Cork City Council, which pays it to employ a dog warden and enforce the Control of Dogs Act. Cork council had paid the society €163,000 over the past three years.