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7 week old puppies dumped in a box and left to die

Five 7 week old puppies were discovered discarded in a box in the Meelin area of North Cork this week. The puppies were taken to the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre in Mallow for vet assessment and treatment.

All of the puppies presented with swollen abdomens from parasite infestation and were very dull and lethargic. They are still very weak and will require ongoing vet treatment to help them cope with their parasite burdens.

ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said, “It is disgraceful that someone would abandon such young little defenceless puppies when they are so ill. Once again here we see what happens when the breeding of dogs is allowed by irresponsible, careless owners. To imagine someone cast them aside to die in a ditch is inhumane. We are hopeful that they will make a full recovery and will be available for adoption in the New Year.”

If you are considering adding a new pet to your home, the ISPCA would urge the public to visit their local rescue centres or go to the ISPCA website. There are so many lovely pets in rescue centres across the country waiting for loving new homes. If you are looking for breed specific and want to buy a pure breed dog or puppy, please do your research first and only buy from a reputable breeder who will allow you to see their premises and the puppy’s parents before you buy. For more advice about buying pets, please visit

The ISPCA must also warn the public that pets do not make good surprise Christmas gifts and should never be bought on a whim or given as a surprise at any time of year. Researching the right pet for your household and lifestyle is very important and taking on a pet is a long term commitment that can affect your life for the next 15 years. It is important to ensure that you have adequate financial resources to care for your pet responsibly. 

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