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Gardai help 10 day old puppy found in hedge

In the early hours of Wednesday 11th November 2015 a member of the public discovered a tiny puppy in a hedge near Ard O’Donnell in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The puppy was brought in to the Letterkenny Garda station, where the staff made the tiny puppy as comfortable as possible. The puppy, named Starsky, was given his own ‘K9 Unit’ with warm blankets, and fed warm milk with a syringe overnight.

This morning, ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley was contacted by the Letterkenny Garda Station and came to pick up the puppy, which is only 10 days old.

Inspector McGinley said, “They didn’t only look after the little pup, they went the extra mile and showed so much compassion. It was a lovely gesture. I have to say in all my years working with the ISPCA, this is one of the most heart-warming gestures I have ever come across.”

As Starsky is so young, he will need to be fed by syringe and bottle for the coming weeks until he is old enough for solid foods. The puppy was found alone and with no identification so an owner has not been found.

“The mother could have left the puppy for a while and went looking for food, or it could have simply been abandoned. We would encourage anyone with any information about the puppy to come forward,” added Inspector McGinley.

If you have any information about the puppy, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or online here.

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