Friday 30 September 2016

How this dog Rusty was reunited with his owners six months after going missing

Tomás Heneghan

Published 26/08/2016 | 16:41

The dogs were discovered in the back of an old caravan
The dogs were discovered in the back of an old caravan
The dogs were discovered in the back of an old caravan
The dogs were discovered in the back of an old caravan

A missing dog has been reunited with its owners after it was rescued from a disused caravan with two other dogs “living in squalor”.

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Following a report to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), an inspector visited a site in West Cork, where they found the three dogs.

ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan discovered two of the dogs tied to a wheel with a short rope inside an abandoned caravan.

According to the group, the pair was unable to move around the area inside the caravan and appeared “terrified”.

The group added that the two would have likely been living and eating in their own faeces and urine.

The owners of the two dogs could not be immediately established as neither were microchipped, despite microchipping now being a legal requirement for all dog-owners.

The dogs were discovered in the back of an old caravan
The dogs were discovered in the back of an old caravan

The inspector then discovered the third dog in another caravan and found it had been microchipped and had been missing from its home in Cork city since March this year.

Ms O’Donovan explained: “It is routine for ISPCA Inspectors to scan every dog that comes into our care for a microchip. These three dogs looked very out of place on this property and I was immediately suspicious.

“We cannot emphasise enough the importance of microchipping dogs, and more importantly the importance of having the microchip details up to date on the database.

“Six months had passed since this little dog called Rusty was reported missing, and one cannot express the delight an owner can feel to get that important phone call to tell them their dog has been found and is safe.”

The dogs were discovered in the back of an old caravan
The dogs were discovered in the back of an old caravan

She added: “We are very relieved to have these dogs out of these inhumane conditions and safely in our care.”

The ISPCA said they reunited Rusty with its owners on Friday morning and said they were “absolutely overwhelmed” to have their pet back.

The group said: “The case is currently under investigation to discover the origins of the other two dogs.”

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