Puppy love - cute canines need a home
An animal welfare charity has made an urgent appeal for homes for more than two dozen Jack Russell terrier dogs and pups which had been bred at a single property.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) said the 28 dogs, including 17 pups, were turned over to them after it emerged the number of dogs bred at an unnamed property "was spiralling out of control".
The dogs are currently under the care of staff at the ISPCA's National Animal Centre in Co Longford.
"While we are pleased to have been able to intervene before any major welfare issues arose, spaying or neutering would have prevented these unwanted litters of puppies from being born in the first place," said ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling.
"The rescue and rehabilitation of such a large number of dogs and puppies places a significant amount of pressure on the ISPCA, both financially and also in terms of accommodating such an influx of animals.
"Ireland already has a serious problem with stray and unwanted dogs. Owners need to take action to have their pets neutered or spayed now to end this cycle of pet overpopulation."
Anyone interested in giving the dogs a good home can visit www.ispca.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org. People can also contact the centre by phone on 043 33 25035.