Hard-up WSCPA in appeal for more fundraisers and funds

By David Tucker

Published 17/09/2016 | 00:00

The litter of pups found on a farm in the Enniscorthy area; left - the dog found wandering in traffic near the hospital.
The litter of pups found on a farm in the Enniscorthy area; left - the dog found wandering in traffic near the hospital.
The litter of pups found on a farm in the Enniscorthy area; left - the dog found wandering in traffic near the hospital.

THE cash-strapped WSPCA is appealing for fundraisers and funds to enable it to buy a suitable permanent premises for its own sanctuary and kennels.

Brigid Cullen from the animal welfare group said a former cattery on three acres in the Oilgate area was on the market, but the society would need around €190,000 to buy it.

'A lot of our money goes on kennelling, so this would be freed up if we had our own premises,' she said.

'Kennelling bills for the past month were €4,000, money that could be spent on veterinary care, neutering and spaying which would eventually cut down the number of dogs,' said Brigid, appealing to local companies to consider one-off sponsorship of the charity.

'Even if people gave us €100, added together it would make a big difference. We can't go on as we are with what is a hand-to-mouth existence,' she said.

Anyone who like to sponsor, help fund raise or make a donation can contact Brigid on 087 1220416.

In one of the latest cases of animal cruelty to be dealt with the WSPCA, a dog found near Wexford General Hospital was so badly cared for that it had to be sedated in order for its thick, matted coat to be cut.

'The dog was found during the week running in and out through the traffic near Wexford General Hospital, his coat was in the worst condition any of us had ever seen. It was like a shell all over his body,' said Brigid. 'The poor little fellow had to be sedated in order to have it all clipped off. He is a new dog now and was so happy to run around our office and show off.'

Brigid said the dog will be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before being found a new and caring home. In a separate case, the WSCPA has taken in a litter of eight puppies found at a farm in the Enniscorthy area.

'Their mother had been dumped while pregnant and was running semi wild,' said Brigid, adding that all the animals, including the mother, were looking for new homes.

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