A dog thrown from a moving jeep on Monday night is currently been cared for by the Longford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The dog is one of seven animals rescued by the LSPCA in the space of four days starting on Saturday afternoon last when the LSPCA’s Amy O’Shaughnessy was called to Ballinalee after a passer by saw a puppy slip into a ditch. Upon further inspection, three more pups were found.
“They were absolutely terrified and soaked to the bone,” explained Amy.
A second call came on Monday night, when a dog was thrown from a moving jeep on the Longford side of Gowna.
“There were people from Longford driving back from Cavan.
“There was a jeep in front of them and the jeep slowed down but they didn’t think anything of it,” Amy continued.
The passengers of the car then spotted something being thrown from the jeep, and assumed it was rubbish before they saw the bundle running off. In shock from what they had seen, the witnesses did not manage to take down the number plate of the jeep, but they spent over an hour trying to rescue the abandoned dog.
Just minutes after speaking to the Leader yesterday, Tuesday, Amy had also taken in two collie puppies that had been brought into the LSPCA shop having been abandoned in a field.
With no hold available for the animals, Amy has been taking care of them in her own home. Efforts are being made to rehome animals rescued by the organisation, with a designated ‘Adoption Day’ being held in Maxi Zoo this Saturday, November 1.
October is generally a busy month for organisations such as the LSPCA, as their Secretary, Diane Bailey admitted that “all the different animal welfare organisations just dread this time of year”.
As Halloween fast approaches, the various groups, including the LSPCA, ISPCA and Hungry Horse Outside have issued pleas to animal owners to be extra vigilant and to take all precautions necessary to ensure their animals’ safety.
Animal cruelty can be reported to the Gardaí or to the ISPCA Helpline on 1890 515 515. Cruelty to animals can also be reported to the Longford SPCA on 043 33 47417. LSPCA cannot respond to anonymous reports, but all matters will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.