EIGHT-week-old Labrador puppy Indie was abandoned in the rain on Christmas Day. At a time of year when hundreds of pets are being dumped to fend for themselves, animal rescuers are desperate to find caring homes.
This pup was named Indie by foster-carers looking after him because they watched an Indiana Jones movie over the Christmas period. The dog was found tied to a tree in Doorly Park, Sligo, by a woman out walking her own pet on Christmas morning.
Dorothy Kilgallen, of Sligo Animal Rescue, said: "When I got to the scene it was heartbreaking. The pup was saturated, wet and cold."
"Indie was eight or nine weeks old so why was Christmas morning chosen to abandon him?"
Indie was taken in by Sligo Animal Rescue on Christmas Day.
Meanwhile, the ISPCA has been highlighting the dangers of purchasing puppies and other pets as presents over the festive period.
"Any pet takes time to adjust, and Christmas can be hectic. With all the festive activity your new pet can be lost in the chaos," said the ISPCA's 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."