Three little puppies are recovering today after being dumped in a sack in Ballyfermot.
Their callous owners threw the black bag containing the pups in a garden on Wednesday evening.
Now named Larry, Curly and Moe by the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA), the six-week-old 'sprollies' are a cross between springers and collies.
"They are just the latest arrival of the 41 dogs we have taken in over the Christmas period," said Gillian Bird of the DSPCA in Rathfarnham.
"We have nine puppies in that total, many of whom are unwanted Christmas presents despite our plea every year for people not to give pets as presents," she told the Herald.
The DSPCA hope to foster out the two male and one female sprollies in the near future, but is also looking for good homes for the dogs.
"We have more dogs than usual in the post-Christmas period, and will struggle to find space for them with the 320 other dogs we have fostered," Gillian explained.
"In a way it's better that we get unwanted pets before they grow older and develop behavioural issues, but it's still sad to see so many puppies being abandoned and unwanted."
The DSPCA is now set to relaunch its free micro-chip sessions, having successfully chipped 3,000 dogs for free last year all over Ireland.
Micro-chips are the only permanent way of tracing a pet if it gets lost. Collars and tags can be removed or fall off or get damaged, but a chip the size of a grain of rice painlessly inserted under the skin is coded and can be read by a scanner – showing the identity of the owner.
"We receive reports about hundreds of cats and dogs missing or stolen in Dublin each year. Each year many lost animals are taken to pounds and animal shelters and fail to be reunited with their owner because they have no ID," said Gillian.
On January 1 next year it will be compulsory for all dogs living in the Republic of Ireland to be micro-chipped.
"We will be starting again on Saturday January 18 between 12 noon and 3.30pm at our Rathfarnham base on Mount Venus Road but owners have to book in advance through www. dspca.ie," said Gillian.
The animal shelter is also looking for more foster homes for dogs, and anybody interested in helping can contact them on email@example.com.