These are the adorable puppies and their mother that were rescued from a laneway on the Waterloo Road in Lisburn, where they had been abandoned by an ‘irresponsible and uncaring individual.’
This week Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Dog Warden Service had been notified by a concerned member of the public to the predicament of these poor dogs.
Officers went to the location on Wednesday (September 7) and collected the pups but were unable to catch the mother as she was in a state of stress.
Council Dog Wardens returned to the location on Thursday (September 8) and successfully retrieved the mother and took her to the Council Dog Pound to be reunited with her pups.
Councillor James Baird, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about this animal welfare concern, said: “I would like to thank the member of the public who informed the Council of these abandoned dogs and the swift action of the Council Officers involved. It is a disgraceful act by the person who left these five week old pups and their mother abandoned at the roadside to fend for themselves or be struck by passing traffic.
“These dogs could have been responsibly handed over to the Council without any distress being caused to these animals and without judgement being made about the owner.
“Regrettably after veterinary advice one of the pups had to be euthanized as it suffered a fractured pelvis, which may have been a result of being thrown from a moving vehicle. The mother was very pleased when she was reunited with her pups after a day apart and it was an emotive scene for those who witnessed it.
“I am delighted that the four pups and mother are doing well and the Council will be sending this little family to Almost Home Animal Rescue NI based in Moira to be cared for until they are ready to be rehomed. This animal welfare case is a good example of partnership working between residents, animal sanctuaries and the Council,” concluded Councillor Baird.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council would like to encourage residents to phone 028 9049 4500 should they have any concerns about animals within the Council area so that swift action can be taken to ensure these animals are cared for.