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Abandoned Collie pups dumped on busy roadside 'left to die'

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Abandoned Collie pups dumped on busy roadside 'left to die' thumbnailRichard Robinson, Grovehill Animal Shelter coordinator, and Janice Porter, Grovehill Animal Trust chairperson, with two female eight-week-old collie pups found by a local farmer in a box on the roadside near Carrickmore.

TWO adorable female collie pups are the latest helpless animals to be saved by the team at Grovehill Animal Trust, Sixmilecross, after being abandoned and "left to die" close to a busy road near Carrickmore on Friday.

The eight-week-old pups were found by a local farmer who contacted the team at Grovehill and after undergoing treatment at the local veterinary clinic, the pups are now residing at a foster home.

"At just eight weeks, these tiny puppies should still have been with their mother but instead were completely defenceless and left to die," said shelter coordinator, Richard Robinson.

"We strongly condemn this selfish act. Putting pups into a box and dumping them at the roadside is never the answer and sadly this is not the first incident like this we have encountered."

Such incidents are happening far too often in the local area, according to Richard. Not only is it a selfish act that puts the lives of innocent animals in great danger, it places the only animal shelter in the locality under a great deal of financial pressure. The veterinary bills for each pup costs in the region of 200.

"It is extremely upsetting," Richard added. "It's a miracle these pups have survived and it's shocking how little regard was given to their welfare. No animal deserves to suffer like this.

"The pups were given a full health check and started on their first vaccines. They are now safe in a foster home as our concern shifts to the pup's mother."

Richard continued: "We would appeal to the owner if they are reading this to do the right thing and have the mother spayed to avoid this situation happening again in the future.

"We would also again like to take the opportunity to remind the public that all pets should be spayed or neutered.

"There is simply no reason not to because alongside the many health benefits, it's the only way to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies."

For anyone interested in rehoming these beautiful animals they will be ready for their forever homes in four weeks' time. They will be fully vaccinated, micro chipped, wormed and deflead. When they are six months they will return to the shelter to be spayed.

"If you would like to help us to look after these pups, and all of the other animals who find themselves in their care we would encourage you to make a donation:

* Text: GHWT17 5 to 70070 to donate 5 to Grovehill Animal Trust

* Online: go to www.justgiving.com/grovehillanimaltrust

* In person: call in to our charity shop on 1 Foundry Lane Omagh BT781ED to donate.

* Post: cheque made payable to Grovehill Animal Trust 88 Tiroony Road Sixmilecross Omagh BT799HB.

"Grovehill would like to thank the local community for their continued support and for enabling us to continue our work. Together we are giving homeless animals a future."

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