Responding to a complaint made to the ISPCA National Animal Helpline, Chief Inspector Conor Dowling found a Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog living in sub-standard conditions behind a business premises in Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Although the dog was in good condition physically, he was confined in a small, dirty and untidy structure assembled from pallets which did not fulfil his needs. Furthermore, on making enquiries, Chief Inspector Dowling discovered that the dog’s owner had not been seen in a number of days and others had been feeding and watering the animal.
The dog, named Ziggy, was immediately taken to a place of safety. Efforts to locate or make contact with his owner proved unsuccessful and nobody has come forward to claim the dog. Ziggy will now, therefore, be made available for rehoming.
Chief Inspector Dowling said “I am pleased to have gotten Ziggy out of there before the situation worsened and would like to thank the person who contacted us initially and those who helped me with my enquiries”.
The ISPCA will be seeking a suitable home for Ziggy that satisfies the particular needs of his breed.