Puppies bred for Christmas are being dumped in County Limerick

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Puppies bred for Christmas are being dumped in County Limerick

Ready for rehoming: If you would like an extra addition to the family contact Limerick Animal Welfare in Kilfinane

DUE TO the number of abandoned puppies Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) are rescuing they fear puppies that didn’t sell as Christmas presents are being dumped.

LAW sanctuary manager in Kilfinane, Marie Quirke said it is “out of control at the moment”.

“We have never in our lives seen anything like the amount of dogs coming towards us now. We don’t know what is wrong,” said Marie.

In the past couple of weeks they have taken in puppies found by Roxboro gardai in Patrickswell and by members of the public in Lough Gur and by the canal in Corbally.

“They were just dumped – all beautiful, stunning puppies. Our hearts are broken. Puppies that didn’t sell for Christmas are possibly some of these,” said Marie.

They currently have over 70 dogs in their care. 

“We are closed to taking in dogs. It is choc-a-bloc, we are so full we are not able to keep up with it at all.,” said Marie.

However, they continue to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

LAW never puts a pet down and the animals pictured are just some of the ones they have available for rehoming. See their Facebook page or contact 063 91110 for more information. 

As well as being thrown away like rubbish these puppies had something else in common – none of them were microchipped.

“It is the law now. Any pups born since June 1 have to have a microchip but obviously we are getting in all these pups and none of them are chipped,” said Marie.

It would also make their task of reuniting dogs that have strayed with their worried owners so much easier.

“We desperately need people to chip their dogs and register the chips. Every day our lost and found page is very busy trying to unite pets with their owners.

“A huge number of dogs are found on the streets. Some just strayed and taken to safety by the finders, some are taken to vets or to us at LA. Some dogs are not so lucky and are killed in road traffic accident. 

“Others are injured and in need of veterinary treatment. Sadly there is not enough rescue spaces for all these straying dogs.

“Why do  owners  not care  enough about their animals to microchip and put an identification tag with a contact number on the dog's collar?

“If only they would put the required identification on their dogs it would ensure a quick return of the pet to their owner,” concluded Marie.