'A broken soul': Dog Action Welfare Group rescues abused lurcher

'A broken soul': Dog Action Welfare Group rescues abused lurcher
Nina the lurcher recused by Cork DAWG (Picture: Cork DAWG Facebook)

The voluntary organisation received a call from a member of the public who spotted the dog lying on the road outside her house. 

A DAWG member immediately rushed to the house just outside Grenagh where Nina the lurcher was found in an abhorrent condition. 

The animal was extremely emaciated, with scabs and mange covering its body and half a front leg missing.

Nina was described by DAWG as "a broken soul" and the animal charity condemned this treatment as reprehensible saying:

"This dog was walking the streets in this state. 

"This is Ireland, we are supposed to be a civilised country?"

When Nina was taken to the vet, Dog Action Welfare Group discovered the shocking news that Nina is approximately seven weeks pregnant.

"She is so underweight she wasn't even showing as she should be. 

"A scan confirmed puppies", DAWG stated.

Nina is currently in the vet receiving treatment for her skin. 

"We need to get her strong so she can have her pups and then once she is well she will be rehomed.

"Her leg will need amputation once she is strong enough", a volunteer told The Echo.

The Cork branch of DAWG is currently appealing for donations to help fund Nina's treatment.

She will need nutritionally dense food to build up her frail body, as well as money to fund surgery on her leg when she is able.

"Nina's leg injury is a few weeks old, we don't know how it was injured but we do know that it wasn't treated.

"She had to walk around with half a leg and the pain must have been unbearable and then with the injured she was mated with and became pregnant", DAWG stated.

Whilst Nina's story is particularly harrowing, DAWG volunteers are unfortunately accustomed to seeing dogs in awful conditions:

"Week in week out there is another horrific case. 

"We are glad that we always have our phone on out of hours as otherwise, Nina would still be on the street, however, it is taking its toll emotionally", the charity said in their Facebook appeal.

At the time of publication, the charity has managed to raise a staggering €8,884.

"We are overwhelmed by people’s support and are extremely grateful. 

"It will not only help Nina but others just like her."

Nina is currently resting at the vets but is due to go to her foster home tomorrow with a veterinary nurse.

To donate to Nina's care visit the Cork Dog Action Welfare Group Facebook Page. 

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