WSPCA Seizure Highlights Continuing Neglect of Dogs

Before: a West Highland White Terrier, after its seizure by the WSPCA.

Before: a West Highland White Terrier, after its seizure by the WSPCA.

Two young dogs recently taken into care by the Waterford SPCA highlight the ongoing and cruel neglect of domestic animals in the city and county.

Both dogs, two West Highland White Terriers, were seized once discovered in a small, uncleaned pen with horribly matted coats which had not been properly kept for a significant period.

They were immediately brought to a veterinary clinic for treatment before the arduous task of sheering their dreadlocked coats began.

WSPCA Chairperson Barbara Bent says this is a typical example of the huge neglect of animals witnessed on a regular basis.

“We recently received a call from a very concerned member of the public that there were two little dogs in a dreadful state and appeared to be extremely neglected,” said Ms Bent.

After: a much healthier and happier looking 'Westie'.

After: a much healthier and happier looking 'Westie'.

“Our inspector Alice went the following day and requested the owner to show her the dogs. The person tried to avoid showing her the Westies but eventually agreed to do so after some persuasion.

“When found these little guys were in good body condition so obviously they were being fed but we couldn’t tell because of the state of their coats.

“We had never seen coats in such a state. The matted hair was as hard as rocks. Imagine the weight of such coats in the hot weather, they weighed 10 kilograms each and were living in a small pen that appeared not to have been cleared out for some time.

“They were immediately taken to a veterinary facility and the staff were utterly amazed at the state of them.”

While they’re a most sociable breed, one of the dogs appeared withdraw as a result of the experience and a lack of socialising with other dogs.

“As the photos show, under all the filth, mats and hair were two lovely little guys and after flea and worm treatment, micro-tagging and castration will be up for re-homing again,” said Ms Bent.

“They have been a pair for nearly four years so it would be good to re-home them together.”

The WSPCA office is located at Summerville Square on the Yellow Road and can be contacted on 051-841432.

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