Saturday 20 January 2018

Vets forced to remove dog's eyes after vicious pellet gun attack

Macari suffered a pellet gun attack (Photo: Facebook/GalwaySPCA)
Macari suffered a pellet gun attack (Photo: Facebook/GalwaySPCA)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Veterinarians have made the difficult decision to permanently remove a dog's eyes after he was the victim of a brutal attack.

Doctors at the animal clinic first thought husky dog Macari had suffered wasp or ant bites to his eyes, rendering him temporarily blind.

Following further tests and x-rays, the team realised the husky dog had been shot several times in the eyes and facial area with pellets.

The pellets have been removed from his eyes to prevent further pain and swelling.

Macari was handed into the Galway Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals a fortnight ago, who are now appealing for a new home for the newly-blind dog.

In an emotional post written on the official GalwaySPCA Facebook page, the group wrote: "To watch him stumble from the van was heartbreaking, we watched as he walked blindly across the yard to his kennel and it was heartbreaking.

Macari suffered a pellet gun attack (Photo: Facebook/GalwaySPCA)
Macari suffered a pellet gun attack (Photo: Facebook/GalwaySPCA)

"But it would have been more heartbreaking not to have given him this chance, a chance to prove to those that let him down so badly, that he went on to be happy.

"So now we need help."

A spokesperson for the GSPCA explained that noisy kennels are not the right environment for Macari to recover and he is 'confused and bewildered'.

"He needs a human who has the time, love and patience to see for him. Someone with a very quiet home who is at home so they can teach Macari to live without sight. He is amazing.

"He wants to go walking, he loves to sniff and smell and this evening he greeted us with great excitement," they continued.

"Macari will soon learn, his hearing is acute and he is getting better at listening to our voices.

"We are desperate to find someone for him."

The animal society said they are ideally looking for a person who is at home most of the time, a secure garden, a quiet home with no small children or dogs (at the moment).

They said Macari's life has changed dramatically in the past fortnight and they realise it is a big favour to provide a foster home for the dog.

If you can help, contact Emma O'Brien on 087 2765690

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