While gifting pets or bringing home a cuddly pup seems to be an amazing thing, having a dog is a big responsibility. Granted they make amazing additions to social media posts and Instagram snaps, but in reality, they demand time, attention and a lot of unwavering interest. Unfortunately, once the novelty wears off, most of these pets are abandoned on the road, left to fend for themselves, or meet worse ends — a blatant case of animal cruelty.
A similar incident of animal abuse occurred near Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland, where a dog was found dumped and chained to a gate. What made the situation worse was the fact that the dog was with six newborn puppies.
Shocking photos show the moment the exhausted lurcher was found lying flat on her side while nursing the pups. They were so young they hadn’t opened their eyes yet.
Thankfully someone from the public discovered her in the helpless state and alerted the police as well as the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA).
They were taken to a vet at the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford for urgent attention. Apart from being cold and hungry, they fortunately do not appear to have any health issues.
It is unclear how long they had been left alone in the field but they are being closely monitored by ISPCA staff.
ISPCA centre manager Hugh O’Toole said: “Leaving a young dog only two-years-old tied up without water, food or shelter most definitely put her along with her young puppies’ lives at risk. We are urging pet owners to spay or neuter their pets as early as possible to reduce the high number of unwanted animals.
“I don’t understand how anyone can think it is OK to leave a dog tied to a gate to nurse her puppies. With the recent level of rainfall and cold weather this week, the outcome could have been very different and I’m happy we were alerted so we could help them.”
He added: “The dog was scanned for a chip to trace her owner but unfortunately she was not microchipped which, is a legal requirement.
Our centres are constantly full to capacity and with very limited resources, we sometimes have had to use private boarding kennels to help the number of animals waiting to come in, once space becomes available. It can also take time to find good responsible homes for the many animals in our care.”
The dog has been named Emmy Lou and her little puppies are Billy Ray, Dixie, Dolly, Dotty, June and Patsy.
They will remain in ISPCA care until the New Year when they will be old enough to be responsibly rehomed.