The Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (CDAWG) are appealing to the public to help them treat a litter of injured and mistreated puppies who came to their attention on Saturday.
The five puppies, estimated to be about six weeks old, were handed in to Sunbeam Vets. All five were severely malnourished and CDAWG spokesperson Vicki described their condition as heartbreaking.
One had to have immediate surgery to treat a huge laceration on his face, just a millimetre from his eye.
Another has two wounds from bites that are causing her tremendous distress. One is inside her mouth and is affecting her jaw movement and the other has led to a ruptured ulcer on her chest. The puppy screamed at the slightest touch when first seen and, although now getting medication to manage the pain, is currently too weak for the surgery she needs.
“We are concerned about her, she is very quiet in herself,” Vicki said. “She is on pain relief and everything that can be done is being done but she is the most sick at the moment. She will need surgery but she wouldn’t be able for the anaesthetic right now.” In addition to the surgeries, all five puppies are in need of treatment will have to remain under veterinary care for the moment. They all being treated for worms and will have to get the standard vaccinations when they are healthier.
“We will have a better idea of their long-term prognosis in a couple of days but for now, they are eating and getting the care they need. Some of them are starting to bark, they are coming out of themselves.” CDAWG are asking for donations to help cover the cost of their treatment. You can donate online at www.dogactionwelfaregroup.ie. You can also donate €4 by text by texting CDAWG to 50300.
The Group are also asking for help to locate the puppies’ mother. The puppies were brought to the vets by a member of the public who said they had found them in a box and it is not known what part of the city they came from.
“If the pups are in that condition, I can only imagine what condition the mother is in,” Vicki said. “If anyone can get her to us we will take her no questions asked, for her sake. They can drop her into any vet in the city and we will see that she gets the treatment she needs.” Unfortunately, the puppies case is far from unusual. Vicki said the group are dealing with cases of animal cruelty on a weekly basis.
“It is neverending. Every week it is something else, you think you are getting on top of things and then something else happens. It is exhausting. But for the here and now the puppies are ok, that is the main thing.” If you have information on the puppies’ mother you can contact CDAWG at 0863457488.