A FATHER who is too distraught to return to the farm where an eight-year-old girl lost her life is desperately trying to rehome his animals.
Paula Dinsberga from Dooradoyle was killed and her 11-year-old friend was seriously injured when a bucket fell from a tractor and hit them as they were playing on the farm at Rusheen, Newtownshandrum near Charleville on September 28.
Paula was staying with the family at the rented home while her parents Linda and Raivo travelled to their native Latvia for a wedding.
Tragedy struck when young Paula ran in front of a tractor driven by Edgar Pliesnanis, whose 11-year-old daughter Kerija was also injured in the accident.
While Edgar slammed on the brakes, it was too late to save the young girl’s life. Mass of the Angels for Paula took place at St Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle last week.
The grieving Pliesnanis family have been unable to return home since the heartbreaking incident and so members of the local community are making every effort they can to find new homes for the farm animals.
“There are two dogs on their own on the farm,” explained Lada Klymenko of Charleville Pet Shop, who is appealing for the public’s help to rehome Marta and Rex together.
“The accident happened on Sunday night and the dad, [Edgar] rang me on Tuesday. He said they aren’t coming back. At that time they were still in the hospital with their daughter,” Lada explained.
“He really wants to rehome the two dogs together.”
While homes have been secured for the family’s rabbits and poultry, there are five puppies in foster care and two cats that Lada has in her house.
“The dogs are most urgent because they are on their own on the farm in the middle of nowhere,” she emphasised.
“I was there on Sunday picking up puppies and left the dogs enough food for a day and I met people coming in to feed them,” she continued.
“There are no houses around there. It’s only a few kilometres from Charleville put it’s far into the fields.”
Marta is a nine months old brown, female gun dog cross, while Rex is a nine months old black dog of unknown origin.
“Both dogs are of medium size, around 20 kg, grew with cats and children, are used to living outdoors, are very obedient and trainable,” Lada explained.
If anyone can offer the two dogs a loving home they can contact 063-30682 or Pet Shop Charleville on Facebook.