Puppy love: stabbed and abandoned dog gives birth to 12
These 12 puppies are ready to spice up the life of some lucky dog lover.
The pups were born to lurcher mum Cinnamon just days after she was found abandoned and injured in Walkinstown, Dublin, in July.
She had multiple puncture wounds and the DSPCA believes she was stabbed.
She was fostered by big-hearted Dubliner Sean Fitzpatrick and has since welcomed no fewer than 12 puppies.
The now six-week-old puppies yesterday launched the DSPCA's annual Great Irish Dog Walk, which will take place on September 26.
Sean, who has been fostering dogs for the past 18 months, said he loves caring for Cinnamon and her puppies. It is hoped the puppies will find new, permanent homes.
"The girls, Sage, Jasmine, Lavender and Saffron and boys, Pepper, Basil, Ginger, Paprika, Chilli, Wasabi, Nutmeg and Salt, are all very strong now.
"It has been a full-time job looking after them but they are all great. Cinnamon has come on so much health-wise and is greatly improved."
He said caring for dogs "is a labour of love - but the returns are amazing".
Information on the Great Irish Dog Walk can be found on www.dspca.ie.