Dogs Trust

Dog Dragged Behind a Car Finds Forever Home

A terrified, six-year-old, male terrier was tied to the back of a car and shockingly dragged along the road, sustaining horrific injuries to his little body.

Fortunately, a member of the public who witnessed the horrifying event saw the dog break free and contacted their local authorities. Doodles was subsequently found traumatised and cowering in a ditch, covered in extensive wounds and suffering from concussion.

Doodles was then taken into our care. Through our Regional Rehoming Programme, he was able to receive the urgent veterinary treatment he needed and was placed with a local foster family where he could recover in the comfort of a loving home.

Commenting on the harrowing incident, Eimear Cassidy, Regional Rehoming Manager at Dogs Trust Ireland said

“What happened to Doodles is absolutely appalling, and something that should never happen to any sentient being. We are so grateful to the person who reported the incident and the family who fostered him and helped nurse him back to the fantastic condition he is in today.

Sadly, we are seeing upsetting cases like this more frequently. These poor dogs have been through so much, so to be able to be there for them, and help find a home locally where they will be treated with love is what gets us through the sadness of cases like this. We cannot do this without our incredible network of foster families, so we are urgently appealing for more families to open their heart and home for dogs across the country.

Thankfully for Doodles, his story ended happily as his foster family fell in love with him and decided to make his foster home, his forever home.”

Dogs like Doodles, all over Ireland need your help. We are urgently appealing for foster families so that they can continue to provide this life-saving service. Our Regional Rehoming Programme means more dogs can now be fostered close to where they were rescued, and then adopted straight from a foster home, meaning they will only ever experience what a loving home environment feels like. If you can open your home temporarily to a dog in need, we would love to hear from you via email to [email protected].

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