Dog found chained to gate in ‘excrutiating pain’ and wet through from torrential rain rescued

Dog found chained to gate in ‘excrutiating pain’ and wet through from torrential rain rescued

A DOG that was left chained to a gate in torrential rain conditions has been rescued by the ISPCA.

The German shepherd/Akita mixed breed dog was left close by to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre.

The canine was injured and said to be in a serious condition when it was found by a member of staff this past Sunday evening, November 10.

Though it was subsequently rushed to a local vet for emergency treatment where it was sedated and received further pain relief, the dog remains in a serious condition.

The ISPCA is now investigating the circumstances surrounding the dog’s sudden appearance and alarming injuries.

Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “It is absolutely shocking how anyone could leave an injured dog to suffer in the freezing cold and torrential rain. The dog must have been in excruciating pain.

“The dog was scanned for a microchip in an effort to trace its owner but unfortunately was not chipped.

“We would ask anyone with any information on the origin of the dog, how it came to be injured or on who left it tied to a gate to make contact with us as a matter of urgency. Someone must recognise this unfortunate animal.”

Anybody with any information is asked to please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty

Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online here.

It's the second incident of this kind to be reported in Ireland over the previous seven days.

Last week a dog that was found by a passerby chained to a gate, along with her six puppies, near Elphin in Co. Roscommon.

The animal was taken to the National Animal Centre in Longford and is said to be making a steady recovery.