The world was left heartbroken after pictures of a mother dog chained to a gate with her six pups were spread like wildfire on social media. The fear in her eyes broke people’s hearts, and the fact the chain left her helpless without any ability to protect her newborns made it even more horrible.
She was found chained to a gate by a field in County Roscommon, Ireland, and the right course of action for an individual who came across her was clear. The good Samaritan took pictures of the miserable canine family, alerted the police immediately, and contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) too.
The abandoned canine family was cold and emaciated. After the rescue, they were taken to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford, where they were given urgent medical treatments. Everybody was happy to hear that they didn’t have any severe health conditions.
As the question of how long they had been left alone remains, the veterinary team watches them round-the-clock, and officials hope to find the malicious people in charge.
The manager of the ISPCA centre manager expressed, “Leaving a young dog only two-years-old tied up without water, food or shelter most definitely put her along with her young puppies’ lives at risk. We are urging pet owners to spay or neuter their pets as early as possible to reduce the high number of unwanted animals.”
He added, “I don’t understand how anyone can think it is OK to leave a dog tied to a gate to nurse her puppies. With the recent level of rainfall and cold weather this week, the outcome could have been very different and I’m happy we were alerted so we could help them.”
The manager continued, “The dog was scanned for a chip to trace her owner but unfortunately she was not microchipped which, is a legal requirement. Our centres are constantly full to capacity and with very limited resources, we sometimes have had to use private boarding kennels to help the number of animals waiting to come in, once space becomes available. It can also take time to find good responsible homes for the many animals in our care.”
The centre will rehome the canine family once they’re all ready (approximately in the New Year).
The sweet mother was named Emmy Lou, and her pups were named: June, Dixie, Billy Ray, Dotty, Patsy and Dolly.