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Over 20 dogs rescued from "squalid conditions" in Co Laois

The case was described as “animal hoarding”, with dogs being kept in unsuitable conditions, such as transport containers. All the dogs will be rehomed through the ISPCA.

Image: ISPCA

OVER 20 DOGS were rescued from “squalid conditions” where they were being kept by someone hoarding animals in Co Laois, the ISPCA said today.

The dogs (pictured) were being kept in unsuitable environments where their accommodation was described as “deplorable”.

The ISPCA said that animal hoarding “is a complex and intricate public health and community issue whereby a person(s) accumulates more animals than they can properly care for”.

A key characteristic of hoarders is their failure to recognise the obvious problems that result in terms of animal welfare, the effect on the living environment, and the negative impact on the life of the individual themselves.

Unfortunately, the ISPCA encounters people hoarding animals to varying degrees on quite a regular basis.

Chief Inspector Conor Dowling came upon such a situation in Co Laois this week when he responded to a call from a concerned member of the public. In doing so, he found in excess of 20 dogs living in completely unsuitable conditions.

Chief Inspector Dowling commented:

These dogs had been accumulated over a period of time and it was clear from the presence of young animals that the numbers were continuing to rise. As more were brought in, any available space was used to house dogs.

He was assisted by the county dog warden when he went to the premises. There, they found dogs living in squalid cages and others “spending the vast majority of their lives in small transport containers”.

Dowling said:

While the dogs were being fed and they were generally quite healthy, some of the accommodation was truly deplorable.

The majority of the dogs were surrendered to the care of the ISPCA and further visits will be made to ensure that the welfare of the remaining dogs is maintained at an acceptable level.

“These types of situations are not rectified in one visit,” cautioned Dowling .

We will need to work with this individual to improve standards further and to ensure that the situation does not escalate again.

All of the dogs that were removed are now at the ISPCA National Animal Centre. They will be available for rehoming after finishing their isolation period. Pictured below are some of the dogs when they were found. (May be distressing for some readers).

Over 20 dogs rescued from "squalid conditions" in Co Laois
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  • ISPCA comes to the aid of numerous dogs

  • ISPCA comes to aid of numerous dogs

  • ISPCA comes to aid of numerous dogs

  • ISPCA come to the aid of numerous dogs

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