By Suzanne Pender
The ISPCA is appealing for information in tracing the owner of a litter of six puppies that was abandoned in a cardboard box in Co Carlow recently.
ISPCA Inspector Fiona Conlon was contacted by local animal lovers who found a box with six puppies on disused land behind their home and called for help.
The collie/lurcher type puppies, thought to be from different litters are approximately eight-weeks-old and were transported to a local vet for assessment.
Two of the smaller puppies were very weak and Inspector Conlon was immediately concerned that they might not make it. They all had large worm burdens and were cold and hungry.
“It’s unclear how long the puppies were left in the cold and rain and thanks to the kind-hearted people in the local community for getting in touch so we could give them the best chance of survival,” said ISPCA Inspector Fiona Conlon.
“It really is shocking how anyone could just dump any animal in a box and walk away”.
“Although these puppies experienced the worst start in life, every animal deserves a loving home with kind owners who will care for them, for the rest of their lives,” Fiona added.
The puppies, named Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Phoebe and Janice are slowly getting stronger and will be monitored closely. Once well enough, they will be transferred to the National Animal Centre in Longford for rehabilitation.
“People really need to consider the long-term commitments that owning a pet involves and this includes neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, treatment for parasites to begin with,” said Fiona.
If anyone has any information about how the puppies came to be there, please contact the ISPCA at 1890 515 515 or email [email protected] in confidence.
“If you would like to support ISPCA Inspectors investigating allegations of cruelty and neglect to animals and their rescue and rehabilitation, please if you can, make a kind donation to support our work,” concluded Fiona.