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Heavily pregnant Staffordshire bull terrier dog left in hazardous living conditions

ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan responded to a call to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 28th July regarding a heavily pregnant young dog in Cork city.

Upon arrival to the premises, Inspector O’Donovan discovered a heavily pregnant Staffordshire bull terrier in a communal garden. The dog was living in an area with insecure and dangerous fencing, with insufficient and hazardous shelter. This was especially concerning due to the young dog being heavily pregnant.

ISPCA Inspector O’Donovan said, “This heavily pregnant young dog was left to fend for herself in a communal area. This is a clear case of irresponsible ownership with no care for the needs and requirements of a female dog due to whelp. Fortunately, she is currently safe and secure in an environment where she will have her litter under supervision.”

The dog, now named Maya, is currently in veterinary care and will be transferred to the ISPCA in Mallow once she has had her puppies. Investigations are continuing to trace her owner as she was not microchipped.

From 31st of March 2016, it is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and it is already a legal requirement for puppies born after the 1st of June 2015. Failure to comply with the legislation could result in a fine of up to €5,000.

Members of the public should contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 with any information or report in confidence via the ISPCA online cruelty complaint form here.

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