Abandoned 'Sneachta' gets best gift of all - a new home
A puppy abandoned in a plastic box at Dublin airport has found a new home in time for Christmas.
The puppy, named Sneachta by airport staff because of his snow-white colour, was discovered last week at the back of the passenger car park.
Staff took him in and immediately launched an online campaign to find him a new home.
"Sneachta is about six weeks old," said airport worker Siobhan O'Donnell.
"The tiny little thing was whimpering and distressed when we found him. One of the airport police officers gave him some of his porridge and some milk and he lapped it up.
"We also received a number of blankets and toys for him from well-wishers."
The airport was inundated with posts after it put photos of Sneachta on Facebook.
One wrote: "If I were there I would gladly adopt him."
Another wrote: "I hope the wee fella gets a loving new owner for Christmas."
Thankfully, the story has a happy ending because Sneachta has been given a home by a member of the airport's security team, who has renamed him Milo.
It was a perfect match for the delighted security worker who already has a pet dog.
The happy news comes as animal charity the ISPCA has warned that pets are not just for Christmas.
It also issued a warning that puppy sellers are breeding dogs in "appalling conditions".