Just some of the devastating collie cases we have faced this year include four young puppies dumped near MADRA just after Christmas, three young collie puppies dumped in a basket at the Galway city market, the multiple litters of juveniles kept in sheds, roaming wild. We took in pregnant, emaciated Patti who came from a cruelty situation. She is now nursing two young puppies, her body utterly exhausted. We took in seven puppies dumped outside the Galway city pound. We took in Ophelia and her four feral puppies who, even at such young age, would snap at people…having missed out on the crucial window of socialisation, which left them terrified. Puppy Opie is still in foster with an experienced trainer and is still struggling with the world around him and he will never be a “regular” pet, but we won’t give up on him.
Sadly the list goes on and on…..We took in adult collies Shep and Captain, who were found tied together and abandoned in the forest. There is the constant stream of matted collies coming to us, discarded for an endless number of reasons….There’s also all of the bewildered pregnant females, the young mums and their vulnerable puppies who were living in unsuitable living conditions. There was a large litter of collie puppies who had ringworm and as result spent the first crucial months of their lives growing up in our shelter, their contact with humans hindered by protective clothing.
There was sweet collie Fraoch who was found alone on the side of the road, with a cable tie wrapped around her neck, scared and hungry….having just given birth to five puppies.