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Dog Dumped And Chained To Gate With Six Newborn Puppies

Dog Dumped And Chained To Gate With Six Newborn Puppies

A dog has been found abandoned and chained to a gate with six newborn puppies.

Heartbreaking pictures show the fearful mother desperately trying to fend for her litter while tightly chained to a gate by a field near Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland.

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A dog has been discovered abandoned and chained to a gate with her six newborn puppies in Ireland. Credit: ISPCA
A dog has been discovered abandoned and chained to a gate with her six newborn puppies in Ireland. Credit: ISPCA

Mercifully, a member of the public discovered the helpless two-year-old lurcher and her puppies, alerting police and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA).

The dogs were cold and hungry when they were rescued and were subsequently transported to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford for urgent veterinary assessment. Fortunately, they did not appear to have any serious health issues.

It is not known how long the dog and her puppies had been left alone by the field.

The dogs - which were found last Tuesday - are now being closely monitored in the ISPCA's care and Hugh O'Toole, the ISPCA centre manager, has condemned the actions of whichever awful person abandoned them.

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The dog and her puppies didn't have any serious health problems. Credit: ISPCA
The dog and her puppies didn't have any serious health problems. Credit: ISPCA

He said: "Leaving a young dog only two-years-old tied up without water, food or shelter most definitely put her along with her young puppies' lives at risk. We are urging pet owners to spay or neuter their pets as early as possible to reduce the high number of unwanted animals.

"I don't understand how anyone can think it is OK to leave a dog tied to a gate to nurse her puppies. With the recent level of rainfall and cold weather this week, the outcome could have been very different and I'm happy we were alerted so we could help them."

He added: "The dog was scanned for a chip to trace her owner but unfortunately she was not microchipped which, is a legal requirement.

"Our centres are constantly full to capacity and with very limited resources, we sometimes have had to use private boarding kennels to help the number of animals waiting to come in, once space becomes available. It can also take time to find good responsible homes for the many animals in our care."

The ISPCA will look to rehome the dog and her puppies in the New Year. Credit: ISPCA
The ISPCA will look to rehome the dog and her puppies in the New Year. Credit: ISPCA

The mum has now been named Emmy Lou, while her puppies have been given the names Billy Ray, Dixie, Dolly, Dotty, June and Patsy. They will all remain in the care of the ISPCA until the New Year, when the centre will look to rehome them.

Anyone with any information regarding the dumping of the dogs is asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or online here. You can also donate to the ISPCA here.

Featured Image Credit: ISPCA

Topics: Dog, uk news, Animals

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.