Elvis saved but animal rescue group faces closure
A neglected dog which had to have an eye removed could be one of the last rescued by an animal welfare group.
The Shih-tzu named Elvis was found in the Co Wicklow village of Aughrim in such a state of neglect that it required emergency surgery to remove an eye.
"Elvis was in a horrific state with his eye bulging out of his head like a big angry balloon which meant we had to bring him straight to the vets even though it was a bank holiday weekend -- we had no other choice," said Helena Le Mahieu of ASH Animal rescue.
She now fears Elvis, who she hopes to rehome in the coming weeks, may be one of the group's last rescues unless the charity gets financial assistance or voluntary workers to come on board to help it get through the remainder of the year.
The Kiltegan-based group, which takes in over 500 dogs annually, has been in existence for 21 years.
But Ms Le Mahieu fears ASH may be forced to close because of mounting debts as a result of the "massive increase" in dog rescues.
The Dutch-born woman, who runs the shelter with husband Reme, said she owed her local vet over €10,000.