Three newborn border collie puppies were discovered abandoned in Donegal after they were found in a plastic bag hanging from a barbed-wire fence.
On Wednesday, July 8, the team at Smyth’s Veterinary Services in Donegal received a concerned call about what the caller assumed was a bag of abandoned kittens. The bag had been placed at a crossing of a river which was inaccessible.
Shortly after receiving the call, Alexander Smyth, director of the veterinary services, arrived at the scene and he quickly realised that if the bag was to become detached or rip from the fence, then whatever animals were inside the bag would then fall into the water below and drown.
He said: “This is a tragedy in this day and age with so many animal charities and places that are willing to care for these animals,
“The suffering of these animals could have been avoided. Whilst we have provided a specialist rescue service to numerous pets, wildlife and large animals, we are not a shelter and do not have the facilities to provide long term care for these animals once they are rescued.
“The dedicated staff at Donegal ISPCA were thankfully able to take these puppies into their care, for that we owe them a debt of gratitude.
“The puppies are doing well but will require intensive support as they are very young and now orphans.
“The abuse and needless suffering of animals is unacceptable, and we encourage if anyone has any information about any cases of abuse, neglect or otherwise that they should make it know to authorities so it can be stopped.”
Currently, the three puppies are receiving around the clock care from a team of vets. They have had to be treated for hypothermia, hypoglycaemia and hunger. It’s believed that they are no older than 10 days old.
ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley says that the situation could easily have been avoided if the puppies’ mother had been spayed or if the owner had gotten in contact with the ISPCA for help.
Alexander from Smyth’s Veterinary Services has shared further advice: “Animals in these situations are stressed and/ or wild and they can pose risks to persons attempting to rescue them.
“The environments such as rivers and confined spaces can pose further hazards to rescuers, so you should not attempt any rescues of wildlife, pets or farm animals without specialist training and when completely safe to do so. Contact the ISPCA, Fire Service or your local Veterinary Surgeon for advice.”
Similarly, an elderly dog was found abandoned in the same spot where he had been originally been found from his owner. Apparently, the owner could no longer cope with the black labrador’s behaviour and wrote a letter which was found with the dog, stating ‘I have not learnt to be good’.