Thursday 8 December 2016

Terrier receives horrific injuries before 'being left to die' in housing estate

Warning: Graphic images

Cormac Fitzgerald

Published 22/07/2015 | 16:54

Cannon recovering from his injuries
Photo: K.W.W.S.P.C.A.
Cannon recovering from his injuries Photo: K.W.W.S.P.C.A.
Cannon the dog had received vicious injuries before being discovered Photo: K.W.W.S.P.C.A
Cannon Photo: K.W.W.S.P.C.A
Cannon Photo: K.W.W.S.P.C.A
Cannon as he was found Photo: Caoimhe Lyons

These are the pictures of a dog that was viciously attacked before almost dying in a Dublin housing estate

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Cannon, as he was named by his rescuers, was discovered on Sunday in Clonshaugh in North County Dublin with deep puncture wounds on his neck as well as gashes all over his body.

He was also covered in old scars and his rescuers believe that he was used in a dog fight, before being dumped when it was clear that he would die.

Caoimhe Lyons (26), a dog fosterer from Dublin, told Independent.ie that she told the dog needed help and when she arrived to help him he was almost dead.

Cannon
Photo: K.W.W.S.P.C.A
Cannon Photo: K.W.W.S.P.C.A

“When I got down there the dog was just lying there waiting to die.

“It was just off-form, lying on the ground curled up,” she said.

Caoimhe couldn’t get any vet or animal charity in Dublin to take care of Cannon. Eventually the Kildare-based K.W.W.S.P.C.A managed to find a vet in Athy that took Cannon in.

Tracey Long, Head of Rehoming with the charity, said that Cannon was a friendly, affectionate dog and a ‘total gent’ - even after his injuries.

“I visited him today and he licked me all over - he doesn’t appear to be aggressive at all,” she said.

Cannon’s friendly demeanour could mean that he was only used a ‘bait’ dog, meaning he was used for other dogs to attack in order for them to train for fights.

Cannon as he was found
Photo: Caoimhe Lyons
Cannon as he was found Photo: Caoimhe Lyons

“Whatever happened - he didn’t get there by himself,” said Tracey.

Caoimhe then set up a Facebook page and started a fundraising campaign to help pay for Cannon’s veterinary bills. The page has been a success so far and has raised over €500 in three days.

She also wants to raise awareness that bull breeds (bull terrier dogs) can be very affectionate and loyal - but are given a hard time because of the negative image attatched to them.

“When they’re given plenty of love and care there could not be better dogs,” she said.

The charity are looking for a fosterer to take Cannon in once he is finished in the vet, but with his friendly disposition and calm attitude - they don't think there will be much of a problem.

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