Following the abandonment of a female Rottweiler outside their re-homing centre in Finglas, Dogs Trust is reiterating their appeal to the public to contact them if they are struggling with their dogs.
The charity says CCTV footage shows two people walking up to the gates of the centre shortly before midnight and throwing their dog’s lead around a metal post before walking away.
Eimear Cassidy, operations assistant manager, Dogs Trust Ireland said: “I went to open the rehoming centre gates, just before 7:30am and found the poor dog, who we named Beau, attached to the gates.
“She was immediately friendly and very pleased to see me, which made it even more upsetting when I reviewed the CCTV footage and saw she had been abandoned just before midnight.
“I burst into tears when I realised, she had spent over seven hours in the cold, on her own, just lying there, especially given the fact that we have an emergency number stuck to the gate.
“It wasn’t until I took her indoors into the light, that I saw the tumours hanging from her undercarriage and that her head was tilted to one side.”
Cassidy says that upon veterinary examination, it was discovered that Beau had a chronic ear condition that appeared, like her tumours, to be untreated, leaving her in enormous discomfort and causing her head tilt.
In order to decide on the best course of veterinary treatment, the charity has sent off samples from Beau’s various tumours for laboratory analysis to see if and how they can be treated but are worried about her prognosis.
Becky Bristow, executive director, said the charity is “saddened by the case”.
“We appeal to anybody who is having difficulties with their dog to please contact us.
“We are not here to judge you and we will do our upmost to help you, whatever your circumstances are, because we want to avoid cases like Beau happening in the future,” she said.
Given the number of complicated veterinary cases that have arrived into the care of the charity over the past number of months, Dogs Trust says their veterinary costs will be even higher in 2021 and they will be relying on the generosity of the public, now more than ever, to help them care for Ireland’s abandoned dogs.