SIX shivering little seven-week-old collie cross puppies, who should have been snuggling up to the warmth of their mother, were instead abandoned in a box and left to perish on Wednesday night on a footpath at Riverwalk, Oakview in Tralee.
Thankfully, a quick thinking female passerby immediately rang Jean Campbell of Animal Help Net in Tralee after she found the three male and three female puppie.
“After I got the call I rang Vet Richard Hurley and thankfully he was open to help,” said Jean Campbell. “I dont know how anyone could think that dumping the puppies like that would be a practical solution to the problem on one of the coldest nights of the year,” said Ms Campbell.
“It’s lucky we were open on the night as most places close the day before Christmas Eve,” said Richard Hurley of Hurley’s Veterinary Hospital. “There is no excuse for this behaviour. When the little puppies were brought in they were terrified, shivering and full of worms. They had never seen a vet in their short lives,” said Richard.
“I cannot understand why someone would rear them to that age and leave them on the road to die. The worms were taking all of their nutrients. We washed, blowdried and cleaned them up,” said Richard.
“As it stands a 71 year old American gentleman is taking one of them to Boston with him and hopefully we will find homes for the rest of them,” concluded Richard.
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