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Irish Red Setter dogs rescued from unsuitable conditions in a waterlogged back garden

ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons visited a property in Sligo recently and discovered two Red Setter dogs in extremely poor condition. They dogs were living in unsuitable conditions in a waterlogged back garden filled with dangerous discarded materials.

The dogs were seized by Inspector Lyons and brought to the ISPCA National Animal Centre for assessment and veterinary treatment. Both dogs were very underweight and were suffering with painful mats in their fur.

Inspector Lyons said, “The dogs were not only in bad physical shape, but their living conditions were completely unacceptable. They had very little space to move around the garden with hazardous objects scattered everywhere. We are pleased that they are now receiving the treatment they need at the National Animal Centre”.

The dogs were later signed over to the care of the ISPCA.

Apart from their matted fur and severe lack of body condition, both dogs are in good health and have lovely personalities. Fortunately for these two, they already have secured loving new homes and will be able to continue their recovery in a quiet home environment.

The ISPCA has issued a warning in the run up to the festive season 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.  Taking on a pet is a long term commitment that can affect your life for the next 15 years so it is important to ensure you have adequate time and financial resources to care for your pet responsibly.

If you suspect an animal is being cruelly treated, neglected or abused, or if you see something suspicious, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online here.  In case of an emergency, please contact your local Gardaí.

The ISPCA needs your support to help our Inspectors rescue other animals just like these. If you can help by making a secure online donation here.

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