THIS is Indie- a10-week old puppy abandoned and tied to a tree in Sligo on Christmas morning.
The pup is now in temporary foster care while a home is being found for him.
Indie was taken in by Sligo Animal Rescue on Christmas Day after a member of the public informed the charity.
The voluntary charity can be contacted on 087-2706222.
Earlier this week, the ISPCA highlighted the dangers of purchasing puppies and other pets as Christmas presents.
'Any pet takes time to adjust to its surroundings, Christmas while a joyful time can be hectic and with all the festive activity your new pet can be lost in the chaos,' said PRO Carmel Murray.
'Unfortunately after the excitement of getting a new family pet, the novelty can wear off if it is not an informed decision for all of the family, and for an unfortunate number of pets it can lead to them being unwanted.'
Pets should never be an impulse purchase. You should consider the following, according to the ISPCA:
Have you adequate time to cope with the demands of owing a pet, daily exercise etc.?
Pets cost money for example food, veterinary costs for vaccinations, micro-chipping, neutering, bedding, etc - plan the bills and ask yourself - do you have the money?
Pets don't stay young forever and with age can come added responsibility, e.g. health and medication, pet insurance etc. Will you be happy to mind them when they're old? If you feel now is the right time for you to get a new pet, check out your ISPCA re-homing centre www.ispca.ie as there are lots of animals ranging from dogs and cats, to rabbits and horses, all looking for loving homes.