Dog found in Laois ditch was starved nearly to death

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

The dog found in a ditch saved by a Portarlington vet with help of  Cara Rescue Dogs

The dog found in a ditch saved by a Portarlington vet with help of Cara Rescue Dogs

A dog found starved, cold and close to death in a ditch in Laois is being nursed back to health.

The dog was found in mid February and brought to a vets in Portarlington who saved her life.

Cara Rescue Dogs a volunteer group based in Laois is funding her treatment and asking for donations.

They shared photos of the dog they have called Alys last Saturday February 22.

"This poor Patterdale girl was found near death in a ditch on the side of the road a week ago. When she arrived to the vets, she weighed only 4kg, half her ideal body weight. She was so cold that her temperature didn't even register on the thermometer. Thankfully, the vets at Portarlington Veterinary Centre managed to save her life," they said.

They report that the dog is recovering.

"She's gained 1kg in the past week. She's still emaciated. She's ravounously hungry. Side effects of literally being starved to almost death.

"She arrived to foster yesterday and is doing great. Mostly looking for food and rubs. Onwards and upwards for beautiful Alys."