Official figures released to donegaldaily.com show that an astonishing 494 dogs were put down in 2011.
That’s a kill rate of 56%, the eighth worst in the country. North Tipperary was the worst area for putting dogs down at 83%.
The statistics also show that 321 animals were seized by welfare officers last year and 548 were surrendered or collected.
Of these 377 puppies and dogs were reclaimed or rehomed.
This compared to neighbours Leitrim where just 1% of all animals which end up with Leitrim Animal Welfare were put down.
That was despite the fact that 409 animals were surrendered or collected.
Our picture is of Chance, a boxer dog abandoned near St Johnston this year.
Thanks to Donegal Pet Rescue, he survived.