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25th Sep 2014

ISPCA Appeals for Information Following “Barbaric” Act of Cruelty on Vulnerable Puppy

If you know anything, please help.

Rebecca McKnight

The ISPCA is appealing for information in relation to a Terrier puppy found wandering on the Dublin Road in Portlaoise on the morning on 17 September 2014.

The dog, now named Missy, was discovered by a good Samaritan who immediately realised that there was something seriously wrong and brought her to a local veterinary surgeon for treatment.

Upon examination it revealed that a tight chord had been tied around her tail as a form of tourniquet and the tail then cut off. The area under the base of the tail had swelled up due to the trauma inflicted.

After initially making her comfortable and administering first aid, the veterinary staff later sedated Missy and cleaned and stitched the wound.

Barbaric act of cruelty on vulnerable puppy

The ISPCA is also highlighting the fact that it is now a criminal offence for a lay-person to dock the tail of a pup at any age, and that anybody found to have performed the procedure can and will be prosecuted.

ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “This was a barbaric act perpetrated on a vulnerable young pup. We would ask that anybody with any information that might assist us with our enquiries come forward so that those responsible can be held to account”.

For further information, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.