IT is a case of 'so far so good' for a litter of puppies found in terrible condition in Cork at the weekend.
Five puppies were handed in to Sunbeam vets in a box on Saturday. All were malnourished and infested with worms and several were suffering from appalling injuries. These included an ulcerated chest wound, a deep gash across the face and a bite inside the mouth of one.
A week on, Cork Dog Action Welfare Group has confirmed that the puppies are improving.
Spokesperson Vicky Hurley said that they are in foster care.
"There are two in one foster home and three in another," she said.
"They are doing quite well. We don’t want to count our chickens yet but so far, so good."
One underwent surgery on Saturday to treat his facial laceration. Another had surgery yesterday to treat an injured mouth and fractured jaw. Both are recovering so far.
She thanked the Cork public for their support for their treatment.
"People have been very good. We got two large donations, for a few hundred each, and many others and we are so grateful. People are just fantastic."
Ms Hurley said that although they were pleased with the puppies’ progress they were disappointed not to have any luck finding their mother. With the pups in such poor condition, they are gravely concerned about her and will ensure she gets treatment if delivered to any vet in the area, no questions asked.