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Friday 20 April 2018

How could someone throw out little Sparky along with the rubbish?

THIS livewire puppy was found cruelly dumped in a bag of electrical equipment.

Sparky was left to die in a supermarket bag with old electrical gear on the Ratoath Road in Ashtown, Dublin.

Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescuers were called in a young man who heard the yelps from the Tesco bag.

"There were all broken up pieces of equipment and the puppy was sitting in the middle," DSPCA representative Orla Aungier told the Herald.

"It looks as if someone was clearing out their shed or something and they decided to throw out the puppy along with the rubbish."



ROBUST

But the pup has rebounded to full health and care staff at the animal care shelter in Rathfarnham have called him Sparky.

He has now been placed with foster parents before staff can return him to the shelter for full adoption.

"We like to take them out of the shelter until they are old enough to be vaccinated to prevent contacting infections," Orla explained.

"But he's a robust little puppy and he will soon be ready for rehoming."

The two-week-old puppy is just one of hundreds at the Dublin SPCA care centre and is the latest victim of the downturn as they record a rise on the demand for rescue services.

Development manager Lori Davis explained said that the Dublin SPCA is struggling under the amount of cruelty and abandoned cases.

The centre in Rathfarnham now cares for double the animals that they did in 2007.

"While people are still giving what they can, demand has jumped through the roof," she said. "Many of the animals don't come to our attention until they are on their last legs so they need extensive veterinary care."

Dublin SPCA needs 1,000 new monthly supporters. To give your support log on to www.dspca.ie or ring 01-4994700.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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