Seven puppies found dumped in bog

The ASPCA have reported that seven puppies have been found dumped in a bog in the same location a number of puppies were found a year ago.

The Athlone Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were called to a bog road at Derrycahill, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon at around 9.30pm on Wednesday evening, after two cyclists reported hearing whimpering at a place where people frequently dump household rubbish.

Knowing that abandoned pups would not survive the night, members of the ASPCA were on the scene as quickly as possible.

“We got our wellingtons and flashlights out and drove as quick as we could as it was getting dark on a wet evening. After carefully searching through overgrown briars and broken glass we started finding pups one by one. We had got five into the safety of a warm blanket and were ready to go, when we heard more crying in the distance and finally found two more huddled up together in the dark with our flashlights,” explained Billy Gallagher of ASPCA.

The ASPCA is asking that if any member of the public from this area knows of anyone who had one or two recently pregnant collie-type dogs to call them at (087 ) 9925052 or send a private message via their Facebook page - Athlone SPCA.

“All information will be handled completely confidentially. This is the second year that pups were dumped in this exact same location,” said Billy.

“Abandoning animals is not only cruel but it is a criminal offence. When these pups are old enough we will try and get good homes for them. Please contact us if you can give one of these pups a forever home.”

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