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Four pups left for dead saved by jogger on Christmas Day

Athlone SPCA says it’s now inundated with people wanting to give the pups a home.

Image: ASPCA via Facebook

FOUR ABANDONED PUPPIES would have frozen to death on Christmas Day after being dumped on the side of a road – only for a jogger who saved them.

The Jack Russell puppies were huddled together in a ditch near Four Roads, Roscommon, after being left to die in the freezing conditions.

The jogger contacted Athlone SPCA who called out to his house and took the pups on Christmas morning.

Welfare Officer with Athlone SPCA, Billy Gallagher, told TheJournal.ie that the puppies were unwell and couldn’t keep down food at first.

“They have now been treated for worms and fleas and are eating like little troopers.

We are now inundated with people wanting to give the dogs a loving home.

Gallagher added that there’ll be plenty more cases like this to come in January and he appealed to people not to buy a dog at Christmas.

“Those pups were bred for Christmas but they were sick and their little bellies were swollen so they couldn’t be sold. All they needed was a bit of money and care, but to some puppy breeders its all about the money.

If a pup is going to cost more money than they can get selling the pup- it’s the road.

“Never ever buy a puppy for Christmas…all you do is encourage puppy farms to breed ever more dogs.”

Read: Want to get a surprise puppy this Christmas? Think twice about it>

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