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ISPCA launch appeal after three puppies found in a plastic bag dangling over river


by Edaein OConnell
10th Jul 2020

ISPCA News 10th July 2020 Puppies fly tipped like pieces of trash and left dangling for dead above a river! The ISPCA has issued an urgent appeal for information concerning three puppies dumped in a plastic bag and left for dead dangling over a river near Drumkeen, on the Ballybofey to Letterkenny route in Co. Donegal earlier this week. Shortly before 9pm on Wednesday 8th July, Smyth’s Veterinary Services received a call from a concerned member of the public about what they thought was kittens abandoned in a bag near the crossing of a river that was inaccessible. Alexander Smyth, Director of Veterinary Service was at the scene shortly after receiving the call. On arrival, Alexander found a plastic bag hanging from a strand of barbed wire at the top of a fence and proceeded to perform a specialist rescue, knowing that if the bag became detached or ripped, whatever was inside would almost certainly drown in the fast-moving water. It was only then that he discovered three new born collie puppies; deliberately dumped in the plastic bag and tossed towards the river, to be drowned. The puppies were immediately removed to safety and treated for hypothermia, hypoglycaemia and hunger by the veterinary team who were on standby. The vulnerable puppies were no more than seven to ten days old. ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley said: “It is disturbing how anyone could be so cruel and heartless, to put three vulnerable little puppies in a plastic bag leaving them to dangle over a river to an inevitable death. There is just no words. These three puppies are lucky to be alive thanks to the kind-hearted member of the public and to Smyth Veterinary Services for rescuing them. It’s unclear how long the puppies were there but they are now receiving round the clock care at the ISPCA Animal Rehabilitation Centre. The situation could easily have been avoided if the puppies’ mother had been spayed or if the dog’s owner had contacted the ISPCA for help. Spaying and

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An urgent appeal for information has been launched by the ISPCA after the discovery of three puppies in a plastic bag that was left dangling over a river


The ISPCA has launched an urgent appeal for information following the discovery of three puppies in a plastic bag in Donegal.

The puppies were found dumped in the bag and left for dead while dangling over a river near Drumkeen, on the Ballybofey to Letterkenny route on Wednesday night.

Smyth’s Veterinary Services received a call from a member of the public shortly before 9 pm about what they thought was kittens abandoned in a bag near the crossing of a river that was inaccessible. Alexander Smyth, Director of Veterinary Service, arrived on the scene shortly after the call.

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Mr Smyth located the plastic bag hanging from a strand of barbed wire at the top of a fence and proceeded to perform a specialist rescue. He knew that if the bag became detached or ripped, the animals inside it would likely drown in the fast moving water below.

He then made the discovery of three new born collie puppies.

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The puppies, who were no more than seven to 10 days old, were moved to safety and treated by the veterinary team.

“The puppies are doing well but will require intensive support as they are very young and now orphans, and the ISPCA team will continue to provide this over the coming weeks,” Mr Smyth said. “We support the work of the ISPCA charity and all the good work they do for the welfare of animals across Ireland. It is only possible with donations from the public and we encourage people to consider them in their charitable donations.”

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ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley said of the discovery:  “It is disturbing how anyone could be so cruel and heartless, to put three vulnerable little puppies in a plastic bag leaving them to dangle over a river to an inevitable death. There is just no words. These three puppies are lucky to be alive thanks to the kind-hearted member of the public and to Smyth Veterinary Services for rescuing them.”

 

“It’s unclear how long the puppies were there but they are now receiving round the clock care at the ISPCA Animal Rehabilitation Centre. The situation could easily have been avoided if the puppies’ mother had been spayed or if the dog’s owner had contacted the ISPCA for help.  Spaying and Neutering is the obvious solution in preventing unwanted puppies from being born in the first place.”

The ISPCA would like to remind pet owners that animal abandonment is a criminal offence and is appealing to anybody with information to contact the National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515, email [email protected] or report online here.


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