Family pet left tied to gate in Leitrim

Leitrim animal Welfare fundraise for CCTV

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Family pet left tied to gate in Leitrim

Paddy is now looking for a new home after being tied to the gates of Leitrim Animal Welfare, Drumkeerin

Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre in Drumkeerin are fundraising for CCTV cameras after a family pet was left tied to their gates last week in “an awful state.”


Christine Coulson from Leitrim Animal Welfare said the sheepdog, who they have named Paddy “was in an awful state when a member of my staff coming into work found him tied to the gate at 7am on the Saturday morning (September 1) with bailing twine.”
She explained, “He was laying down as he couldn't get up on his feet due to the bailing twine was around his legs. We can only believe he was either tied to the gate very late at night or the earliest in the morning.”
Christine said she did her last patrol at 10pm on the Friday night and she was woken by her dogs barking at 5am on Saturday morning.


“He did allow our staff member to take the bailing twine off him, she then placed him in our pound kennels, gave him a bowl of food which he woofed it down as he was hungry and then settled in his bed to have a sleep.
“We feel Paddy must have been someone's pet at some stage as he is a friendly little dog, loves attention and wants you to pet him. His body condition was in good shape, he was not microchipped so we couldn't locate his owner,” Christine told the paper.


She added that Paddy was a frightened dog on the morning he was found, but is a happy soul now.
The centre often get dogs, cats, pups and kitten dumped at the centre.
They are now fundraising to get CCTV so that they can identify people who “dump or tie up dogs to our gates.”
Leitrim Animal Welfare have a PayPal account, to donate visit Paypal.ie and then put leitrimawt@eircom.net to send some funds. The centre welcomed a new animal warden who started on August 13.
You can contact Leitrim Animal Welfare on: (071) 964 8300.


Animals can be rehomed without being dumped, Cavan SPCA had to put down a kitten this week after it had internal injuries from being stuffed into the letterbox of the charity shop.
Cavan Gardaí have confirmed an investigation has been launched after a “suspected animal cruelty case.”

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