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Nineteen dogs including six puppies removed from a property in Co. Meath

26th August 2019

The ISPCA responded to a call about a large number of dogs at a property in Co. Meath.

Thirteen adult pointer dogs and six puppies were surrendered into the care of the ISPCA and all of the dogs were mostly in good health, many were nervous and breeding out of control. Two of the female dogs were also heavily pregnant.

ISPCA Inspector Elaine Reynolds said: “What began three years ago when two stray dogs arrived at a property quickly escalated into a situation that got out of control due to the lack of neutering or spaying. The dogs continued to breed and the owner was unable to cope with nineteen animals and more puppies on the way so, when the ISPCA got involved, we stepped in to prevent the dogs and puppies suffering.”

The dogs were transported to the National Animal Centre for care and rehabilitation and our affiliated Member Wicklow SPCA offered to help with kennel space by taking two of the dogs as our three animal Centre’s are now full to capacity.

A veterinary assessment confirmed that five of the adult male dogs had eye issues requiring corrective surgery and are currently recovering.   Many of the dogs were nervous, unsocialised and had no lead training but are slowly adjusting with help of a dog behaviourist.

Elaine added:  “It is absolutely crucial that pet owners’ play their part by spaying or neutering their pets and this will go a long way in preventing unwanted litters of puppies from being born in the first place. The dogs are really sweet natured and it is great to see them coming on so well and they will make great additions to the families who adopt them”.

Anyone offering a new home for these dogs or puppies should contact the ISPCA National Animal Centre by completing the online rehoming form or drop in for a visit to meet the dogs in our care.  All ISPCA rescued dogs will spayed or neutered and puppies will be when they are old enough. The Centre is open to visitors Wednesdays to Sundays from 11:30am to 4pm located between Lanesborough and Ballymahon, Co. Longford.  For more information, email or call (043) 33 25035 (0).

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