AN old hound that was beaten over the head with a club and then thrown into a dump to die is now fighting for his life after being rescued by an animal charity.
Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (CDAWG) has been caring for the hound, which they have named Fionn, after he was spotted by a walker in a ditch in south Cork.
The charity believes they have identified the hound’s owner and are trying to clarify the circumstances in which the dog ended up in a ditch with critical injuries.
Gardai and welfare officials are satisfied the dog was not struck by a car and was deliberately thrown into the ditch.
Fionn, who is believed to be more than eight years old, initially responded well to treatment and to feeding.
However, his condition deteriorated on Sunday and he was diagnosed with a brain swelling.
He was rushed to the vets and is now on an intravenous drip and unable to stand.
Fionn was able to eat a little boiled chicken but his condition is critical.
“The poor boy has been through so much and is still so affectionate. We just need to keep waiting and hoping,” a CDAWG official said.
An X-ray revealed the hound had a fractured skull most likely caused by being beaten with a blunt object like a club.
He was in a semi-starved condition and his skin was almost totally covered with sores.
CDAWG admitted Fionn’s plight – and the photos of the appalling place he was left to die – sparked outrage via social media sites.
“One of the hardest things in rescue is the plight of old dogs who are discarded just simply because they are too old.”
“It is heartbreaking to see them sitting patiently at the door of the kennels waiting for their owners to return,” a CDAWG official said.