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Gardai christen abandoned puppy 'Starsky' and made him his own 'K9 Unit' kennel

Published 11/11/2015 | 17:47

Puppy Starsky was discovered in a hedge by a member of the public (Photo: ISPCA)
Puppy Starsky was discovered in a hedge by a member of the public (Photo: ISPCA)
Starsky in his new 'K-9 Unit' (Photo: ISPCA)

Gardai are being praised for going the 'extra mile' with a young puppy that was found in a hedge by a member of the public.

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The 10-day-old puppy was discovered in the early hours of this morning near Ard O’Donnell in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

The puppy was brought into the Letterkenny Garda station where the staff made the tiny dog as comfortable as possible.

Named Starsky, gardai gave the puppy his own 'K9 Unit' kennel with warm blankets.

A K9 Unit is a policeman-dog duo where the specially trained dogs are bred for their intelligence and can help when pursuing criminals or missing persons.

He was also fed warm milk with a syringe.

Starsky in his new 'K-9 Unit' (Photo: ISPCA)
Starsky in his new 'K-9 Unit' (Photo: ISPCA)

ISPCA inspector Kevin McGinley collected the puppy later in the morning and praised the 'compassion' shown at the station.

“They didn’t only look after the little pup, they went the extra mile and showed so much compassion," Inspector McGinley said.

"It was a lovely gesture. I have to say in all my years working with the ISPCA, this is one of the most heart-warming gestures I have ever come across.”

The puppy was found alone in the hedge and was not wearing any identification.

“The mother could have left the puppy for a while and went looking for food, or it could have simply been abandoned. We would encourage anyone with any information about the puppy to come forward,” added Inspector McGinley.

If you have any information about the puppy, you can contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or online

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