The dog was found heartlessly discarded and chained to a farmyard gate near Elphin, a small town in County Roscommon. The lurcher's offsprings were so young that their eyelids hadn't even opened.
Although the ruthless abandonment of pets has now become a commonality, a recent incident that unfolded in Ireland is sure to make your heart bleed. A dog nursing her six newborn puppies was found heartlessly discarded and chained to a farmyard gate near Elphin, a small town in County Roscommon. Thankfully, someone from the community noticed the helpless lurcher and her pups. They were immediately taken to a veterinarian at a nearby at The Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in Longford.
The lurcher's offsprings were so young that their eyelids hadn't even opened, reports The Sun. It's known that newborn dogs have their eyelids closed for at least two weeks after their birth. So, it was likely that the owner dumped the family of dogs as soon as they were born. On examining the pooches and their mother, the vet stated that the dogs, fortunately, had no major issues apart from being cold and hungry from being left in the freezing weather. It was unclear as to how long the family was left in such harsh conditions, however, the ISPCA staff has assured that they are closely monitoring them.
Omg I’m speechless 😶 what cruelty! Why do this ! Feel sick 🤕— wendy hayward (@xxmisswendyxx) 13 November 2019
Animal-lovers in the area openly slammed the unknown owner for this cruel act, with the ISPCA stating that they were lucky to have found the litter on time. "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," said Hugh O’Toole, ISPCA center manager. Expressing his intense disgust for the owner's insensitive act, he continued, "I don’t understand how anyone can think it is okay to leave a dog tied to a gate to nurse her puppies."
Someone surely will know who owned poor girl. The only positive outcome is that she and the puppies will be rehomed with people that will love and cherish them. 🙏 Karma will find the original owner EVIL EVIL person— Tracey J (@007taff) 13 November 2019
"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. O’Toole further noted that the adult lurcher did not have a microchip that owners are legally required to have on their pets. Ever since being discovered, the dog has been named Emma Lou, while her puppies were named Billy Ray, Dixie, Dolly, June, and Patsy. Currently, the canines have been said to be kept under the care of the ISPCA until New Year, giving them enough time before they are rehomed.
I seriously hate people... 🖕🏻 can I have them please? ❤️ https://t.co/Py6ifNVn01— ✇♡MJ Fan Girl♡✇ (@jovovichgirl93) 13 November 2019
In order to avoid such accidental litters, the charity is now urging pet owners to neuter or spay their pets as soon as possible. Now, the ISPCA is identified as the largest national animal welfare organization in Europe which rescues and takes care of neglected and cruelly treated animals in Ireland. They have also advised people with any information in this regard to contact their helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or visit their website to report any such matter.
May the person who has done this never ever have a moments happiness 🤬— Anita Harris (@OrphanAnnie01) 13 November 2019