Three little collie puppies were recently found inside a plastic bag that was hanging on a barbed-wire fence. According to reports, the newborns were caught on the railing after someone tried to throw them into the river nearby.
Someone saw the abandoned pets and thought that they were kittens. The concerned citizen contacted the Smyth’s Veterinary Services in Donegal, Ireland, and they immediately sprang to action. As soon as they got the puppies, they gave them their much-needed medical care. The vet team provided the tiny pups, who were believed to be between seven and ten days old, treatment for hypothermia, hypoglycemia, and hunger.
Director of Veterinary Service, Alexander Smyth, was one of those who rushed to the scene after hearing about the news. According to him, it would have been fatal if the bag had ripped. Mr. Smyth said that this incident is a tragedy in a day and age that has lots of animal charities and places that would willingly care for these pets.
According to Mr. Smyth, they provide specialist rescue services to different kinds of animals, including pets, wildlife, and large animals. However, because they are not a shelter, they do not have the needed facilities for their long-term care. Thankfully, the Donegal ISPCA’s dedicated staff took the puppies in, which Mr. Smyth is very grateful for.
Now, the newborns are doing well. However, they still need intensive support because they are still very young and orphans. Mr. Smyth stressed that this abuse and needless suffering is unacceptable. So, they encourage those with information about such cases to let the authorities know for it to be stopped.
Mr. Smyth also warned people not to touch animals who are in this kind of situation. He recommends calling professionals who underwent training to deal with them. According to Mr. Smyth, because the animal is already stressed with its condition, it can pose a risk to the one trying to rescue it. He also said that the environment like the river could cause a further hazard to the rescuer too.