Praise Conviction of Abusive Animal Sanctuary Founder

Target: Loughrea District Court Judge, William Hamill

Goal: Praise the conviction of an animal sanctuary founder for mistreating their dogs

In Ireland, the founder of a state funded animal welfare sanctuary has been condemned for mistreating her dogs. Sarah Gunter, the founder of the East Galway Animal Rescue sanctuary in Loughrea pleaded guilty to eight cases of abusing the dogs at her animal facility. She has been fined for her wrongdoings in court.

According to the Irish Independent News, Staffordshire bull terriers, rottweilers, and a pitbull were among some of the canines that were found to be in poor shape when authorities came to the animal sanctuary. The veterinarian examined them and found them to be in weak and skeletal conditions.

Based on their website, the East Galway Animal Rescue has devoted itself to rescuing misinterpreted groups of dogs, especially the pit bull breeds. Most of the dogs are rescued, so that they don’t end up in pounds or with owners that train them for dog fights. The sanctuary has been operating under the guidance of Sarah Gunter for the last seventeen years. Reports from the Irish News says that she has watched over 3,000 animals in that time period. She had no financial gain for operating this sanctuary. Although a few casual inspections by the authorities showed there to be no more criminal actions in the facility, there is no saying that the ill-treatment of these animals won’t happen again under Sarah Gunter’s leadership.

Please sign this petition to praise the conviction of Sarah Gunter and ask Judge William Hamill to make her go through animal training or find a new leader for the East Galway Animal Rescue Sanctuary.


Dear Judge William Hamill,

Thank you for convicting Sarah Gunter, founder of the East Galway Animal Rescue Sanctuary for abusing dogs that were in her care. She left her dogs in awful conditions to fend for themselves. In court,  it was said that Gunter has been caring for animals for the last 17 years, but the recent occurrences in her facilities does not show that.

Too many animal sanctuaries are operating even though they are documented to have abuse animals. Although she has saved over 3,000 dogs in the last 17 years, she still left her most recent dogs in emaciated conditions. Sarah Gunter needs to go through training to learn how to take care of dogs or she needs to be replaced by a new leader. These dogs come from rough lives, they do not need to go to an animal sanctuary to starve and weaken even more. Please make these changes so that these dogs get a second chance at life.


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  1. Please throw her in jail she deserves a lengthy term, and never be near or own any kind of animals again as she clearly demonstrated that she cannot be trusted at all.putting any animal in her hands is a death sentence, which she should receive for 17 Years and all those digital died!

  2. SUE GRIFFITHS says:

    This woman has shown to be incapable of treating correctly the dogs in her animal rescue. Maybe she started out 17 years ago with good intentions, who knows, but now she must call it a day as dogs are suffering. She sounds too long in the tooth so training will do no good. Please employ someone with fresh ideas and who has empathy for all animals in East Galway Animal Rescue.

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