ISPCA seek information after rescuing dog with severe malnutrition in Longford 4 weeks ago

ISPCA seek information after rescuing dog with severe malnutrition in Longford

"Rover’s skin can only be described as raw from constant scratching."

The ISPCA are seeking information from the public after rescuing a dog with severe malnutrition in Longford.

The lurcher dog, later named Rover, was in an extremely poor condition when rescued from Moydow.

Suffering from severe malnutrition, Rover's coat was flee infested and covered in sores from the amount of scratching he had been doing.

He was also not microchipped making it difficult to find his owner.

"Rover is now in the care of the ISPCA and is undergoing treatment," said ISPCA centre manager Hugh O'Toole.

"(This) will continue for at least six weeks to include medicated washes to sooth his skin, parasite treatment to control the mites that caused the mange and he is also receiving a nutritious diet.

"Rover’s skin can only be described as raw from constant scratching as he was also covered in fleas. It was unclear how long he was left to suffer in this condition which, was totally preventable had he received basic treatment for parasites in the first place."

Once given the OK by the vet, Rover will be vaccinated and moved to an isolated kennel before he is ready to be neutered and microchipped.

However, O'Toole said that the kennel is currently over capacity due to the number of rescue dogs who are needing longer stays in the centre.

“Rover is such a sweet gentle dog and once he has recovered, we will be appealing for a new responsible home, where he will be properly cared for," he said.

"If you can help by making a kind donation to support our work, we would be grateful."

Anyone with information about Rover is asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515, or email helpline@ispca.ie

Direct donations can be made here.