Saturday 16 December 2017

Puppy thrown out with the rubbish

An unwanted pup was literally left out with the rubbish. He was left behind by a tenant and it was only when it was reported to the Athlone Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) that the animal was saved from possibly dying of starvation.

"He was abandoned with all the bin bags in a courtyard. You would not know he was there and he was very, very dehydrated when I found him," said Billy Gallagher, the welfare officer with Athlone SPCA. "I'd say he was there for four days at least. The landlord was not due to visit for another week or two and he would have been dead by then," Billy said. Mr Gallagher believes that the tenant had also tried to sell the dog online in an effort to pay off his debts.

He thinks it had been bought by the tenant, a man, for €50 at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair last year.

He is a cross between a German Shepherd and a Doberman and, when rescued last weekend by Billy, was alarmingly thin.

"He is very friendly, but was not used to other dogs. At first he would run away, but now he is playing with them. We are getting him vaccinated this week and he has a home waiting for him," he said.

- Elaine Keogh

Sunday Independent

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