Heavily pregnant young dog 'left to fend for herself' in dangerous living conditions
A heavily pregnant young dog has been rescued in Cork city after she was found in hazardous living conditions.
The ISPCA received a call expressing concern for the dog’s welfare on Thursday, July 28, and Inspector Lisa O’Donovan visited the premises.
On arrival, she discovered the Staffordshire bull terrier, now named Mia, in a communal garden, surrounded by dangerous fencing.
The dog was taken to receive veterinary treatment, and will be transferred to the ISPCA in Mallow once she has had her puppies.
“This heavily pregnant young dog was left to fend for herself in a communal area. This is a clear case of irresponsible ownership with no care for the needs and requirements of a female dog due to whelp,” Ms O’Donovan said.
“Fortunately, she is currently safe and secure in an environment where she will have her litter under supervision.”
The ISPCA is investigating the incident and attempting to trace her owner, as the dog was not microchipped.
Microchipping is compulsory for all dogs, and failure to comply with the legislation could result in a fine of up to €5,000.
Any members of the public who may have information about the incident are asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report online via the cruelty complaint form.