Saved... Lovable little puppy burned and dumped by thugs
THIS lovable pup was set on fire and dumped in a skip in a south Dublin housing estate.
Gardai rescued the little pup from the cruel fate in the Dundrum area.
The DSPCA say the dog, believed to be a pug cross, is lucky to be alive after vets performed vital emergency treatment.
"Someone set him on fire and threw him in the skip. He has burn marks on his eyes, back and paws -- it's really extensive scarring," said welfare officer Miram Kerins.
"That someone could do this to a defenceless puppy is unreal.
"When we got him, his heart was having unusual palpitations and he was limp and unresponsive. He was literally at death's door. The vet wasn't sure if he would make it through the night."
Miriam said that staff at the animal shelter were stunned at the level of torture the poor animal had undergone.
"He was left in a skip in Dundrum, but that's not to say that someone from Dundrum had dumped him there.
"He's not malnourished so we feel perhaps he was stolen, but we're not entirely sure. He is quite healthy for a puppy."
Staff thought that the dog wouldn't survive long due to his horrific injuries.
But Skip, as he has been named by staff, defied all expectations and they are amazed at how quick and strong his recovery was.
"Despite what has happened, he is great," said Miriam. "He loves all the attention and the care he is getting now. And he's making the most of it -- he practically puts his paw up to his head to say 'Poor me, give me attention'.
"He would definitely make a fabulous companion."
Volunteers and employees at the Rathfarnham shelter have been caring for the dog since he first arrived on January 12.
Skip is available for rehoming in the next few weeks, once he finishes treatment.
Despite his ordeal, Skip bears no grudges to humans. "He has no other health or behavioural issues," Miriam confirmed.
"He is in special intensive care at the moment and he gets on well with the other dogs and cats there. We would be hoping that he could go to a nice family home.
"He is physically scarred but we hope that people can overlook that."
The DSPCA shelter is constantly in need of funding so that they can continue to care for abused and abandoned animals. More information is available on www.dspca.ie