Heavily pregnant dog tied to tractor without food or water
Warning: graphic images
The ISPCA have released graphic images of the condition in which 11 dogs were found in Tipperary.
One of the dogs was found tied to a tractor without access to food or water – despite being heavily pregnant.
Another was discovered with a rusted chain embedded into her neck.
Seven puppies were found without any access to food, shelter or water – with two being confined to a pen filled with hazardous objects.
Ms Alice Lacey, the ISPCA Inspector who found the dogs, said “the living conditions these dogs were being kept in were completely unacceptable.
“With the winter months coming in, the health and welfare of the dogs would have been severely compromised without adequate shelter, food and water.
“Thankfully, all the dogs are now receiving the vet treatment they need,” she added.
Zara, the pregnant German shepherd has since given birth to six healthy puppies and despite their ordeals the dogs are said to have lovely temperaments.
They are receiving vet treatment and assessments at the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre in Mallow, Co Cork, and the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Co Longford.
The ISPCA have said the rescued canines will be available to be responsibly rehomed after receiving appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.
If you wish to report animal cruelty visit www.ispca.ie/if_you_suspect_animal_cruelty/ or call the National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515.