Sunday 17 December 2017

Meet Holly – The Irish Chihuahua with a heart murmur abandoned in a bag at the side of the road

Holly the Chihuahua was abandoned in Galway
Holly the Chihuahua was abandoned in Galway
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

A Chihuahua is lucky to be alive after a Galway animal rescue organisation found her deserted in a plastic bag on the side of the road during stormy weather.

Little Holly was one of five four-week old pups abandoned on the roadside during stormy conditions in Tuam Co. Galway ahead of Christmas and has been called “a miracle” by animal rescue workers.

“Holly was one of five pups which were found dumped in a plastic bag at the side of the road,” said Marina Fiddler, founder of Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption (MADRAS).

“The pups varied in ages, but she and her brother were estimated to be about four weeks old. Unfortunately her sibling died and so did one of the other pups.

“When we brought Holly in we discovered she had a severe heart murmur, so it is even more of a miracle she survived the shivering conditions we found her in,” she said.

MADRAS workers originally believed that Holly would not survive to see her fifth birthday but all hope is not lost as she has been identified as a possible candidate for open heart surgery in UCD.

“Holly is currently in a foster home but we’re hoping now that she’ll be found to be a viable candidate for surgery in UCD Veterinary College in the next week.

“For now. We’re working through the dozens of offers from people looking to give Holly a happy home,” she said.

The Galway organisation has revealed that this Christmas has been one of the worst yet for abandoned pups and on New Year’s Eve alone ten pups from the same litter were dropped into the centre.

“This Christmas has been particularly bad for us and on December 31, ten puppies from one litter were dropped into MADRAS and were too young to have left their mother.

“We try not to focus on the negative though, and we’re really focused on re-homing as many rescued dogs as possible,” she said.

The organisation will hold a puppy adoption event in Shantalla this Saturday for families thinking of adopting a new member.

“The same criteria does apply at the event, for example we carry out house checks and see if a home is suitable for a dog, but we have so many wonderful dogs looking to be re-homed.

“We have lots of beautiful border-collies and sheepdogs but also some dogs with particularly special needs. For example we have two Huskeys who were born deaf looking for a home.

“On Saturday we’ll have a full team there to chat about the responsibilities that come with owning a dog and also advice on which kind of dog might suit your family.

“Having a dog is a wonderful thing, but only if you’re ready for the responsibilities that come with it,” she said.

The Puppy Adoption Day will be held in St Joseph's Community Centre, Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway on Saturday January 9. For more information visit:

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