ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey discovered 11 dogs living in unsuitable conditions at a property in Tipperary. Many of the dogs, including seven puppies, had no access to water, food or adequate shelter, and were living in muddy conditions.
One of the female German shepherd dogs was discovered with a heavy chain attached to her, which had begun to embed itself into her neck. There was also a heavily pregnant German shepherd found tied to a tractor with no shelter and no access to water.
Five puppies were discovered confined to a run with no food or water, and had minimal access to shelter. A further two puppies were found in a pen filled with hazardous objects, including old machinery, and little room to move around.
All 11 dogs were surrendered to the care of the ISPCA and are receiving vet treatment and assessments at the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre in Mallow, Co. Cork, and the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Co. Longford.
ISPCA Inspector Lacey said, “The living conditions these dogs were being kept in were completely unacceptable. With the winter months coming in, the health and welfare of the dogs would have been severely compromised without adequate shelter, food and water. Thankfully, all the dogs are now receiving the vet treatment they need, and the pregnant dog is now in a safe and suitable environment for her and her puppies.”
Despite their ordeal, the dogs all have lovely temperaments, and following appropriate treatment and rehabilitation, will be available to be responsibly rehomed. The pregnant dog, Zara, gave birth to six beautiful puppies at the ISPCA National Animal Centre recently. Zara and her puppies are doing great, and will be available for adoption in a few months once they are old enough.
A file is being prepared on the case.
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