Dogs Trust

Ill Rottweiler Abandoned at Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in the Middle of the Night

Following the abandonment of a female Rottweiler outside our Rehoming Centre, we are reiterating our appeal to members of the public to contact us if they are struggling with their dogs.

CCTV footage shows two people walking up to the gates at the centre with the dog on a lead, which is subsequently dropped over a metal post and the dog is left behind, looking after the people who left her there.

Eimear Cassidy, Operations Assistant Manager, Dogs Trust Ireland said: “I went to open the rehoming centre gates, just after 7:30am and found the poor dog, who we named Beau, attached to the gates. She was immediately friendly and very pleased to see me, which made it even more upsetting when I reviewed the CCTV footage and saw she had been abandoned just before midnight. I burst into tears when I realised, she had spent over seven hours in the cold, on her own, just lying there, especially given the fact that we have an emergency number stuck to the gate.

It wasn’t until I took her indoors into the light, that I saw the tumours hanging from her undercarriage and that her head was tilted to one side.”

Upon veterinary examination, it was discovered that Beau had a chronic ear condition that appeared, like her tumours, to be untreated, leaving her in enormous discomfort and causing her head tilt.

In order to decide on the best course of veterinary treatment, we have sent off samples from Beau’s various tumours for laboratory analysis to see if and how they can be treated but are worried about her prognosis.

Becky Bristow, Executive Director, Dogs Trust Ireland continued: “We are very saddened by this case and appeal to anybody who is having difficulties with their dog to please contact us. We are not here to judge you and we will do our upmost to help you, whatever your circumstances are, because we want to avoid cases like Beau happening in the future.”

Given the number of complicated veterinary cases that have arrived into our care over the past number of months, we fear our veterinary costs will be even higher in 2021 and will be relying on the generosity of the dog-loving public, now more than ever, to help us care for Ireland’s abandoned dogs through these uncertain times.

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