Distressed and abandoned dog a sign of the times

DESPITE the best efforts of the dog Warden service and a local vet, a little dog died from malnutrition and obvious abuse on Thursday night having been either abandoned or stolen.

The traumatised female Staffordshire Terrier suffered a massive chest cavity haemorrhage and this combined with severe malnutrition and neglect most certainly caused her death, according to Michael Morrissey of the Dog Shelter in Paulstown.

He is used to dealing with cases like these but even he was upset by the condition of the dog which he said had a lovely temperament and was micro chipped. He is currently trying to locate the owners to establish the chain of events leading up to the death of the young bitch.

The 13 month old was found in a distressed state on the Johnswell Road near the Archersrath Nursing home on Thursday afternnon following a tip-off from a concerned member of the public. Immediately the Dog Warden Service responded to the call, and found the dog in a very bad condition and unable to stand. Within an hour, the dog was brought to a vet and placed on a drip to replace essential minerals and fluids.

The hope was that she would survive and be sent to the ISPCA so that she could be placed in a caring home.

The dog warden, Michael Morrissey, has highlighted the case to demonstrate the work that the Carlow/Kilkenny Dog Shelter does.

“We would ask all owners of dogs to please take proper care of them. If you own a dog please get your dog licence, as the money from this helps to finance some of the work at the dog shelter,” he said. “We do realise that because of the current recession people may be finding it quite difficult to look after or keep their dogs. If you find yourself in this situation, please do not abandon or dump your dog. We can be contacted at the Carlow / Kilkenny Dog Shelter at 059 9726785, and we will do our best to help. The sad thing is that every day other dogs like the little Straffordshire Terrier are being abandoned with dire consequences.”