Shocking case of animal cruelty sparks calls for information about perpetrators
WARNING: SHOCKING IMAGES
Limerick Animal Welfare is calling for information after taking in a dog in one of the worst states they have ever seen.
In a distressing post shared to Facebook, the not-for-profit organisation said passers-by found the abused lurcher on the side of the road on Wednesday.
"A couple were driving past the Tully area, 2.3km from Glenroe, Co Limerick when they came across a sight that will haunt them for life. A dog, alas another abused lurcher, on the road, struggling to stay upright.
"They stopped to see what was wrong with him. To their horror the dog had very thickened skin, it was black and cracked and it was oozing blood. They put him in their car and brought him to the sanctuary, he was then taken to the veterinary clinic."
When examined by the vet, the level of abuse was one of the worst they had ever seen, with necrotic skin and mange all over his body.
"The vet had never seen a dog in such an state of neglect. He had very bad mange all over him but his legs underbelly and face were so bad that the skin was splitting, there was a possible underlying skin infection. The face and legs were swollen. Months and months of neglect. His skin was necrotic and as the vet examined him the skin just fluffed off his legs.
"There was a strong smell of death and dying flesh. There were open wounds at the top of the inside of his legs. More mange on his back. As the vet put the stethoscope to his chest the unfortunate dog groaned in pain, it seems like he had possible broken ribs and his chest was crackling and leaking air, the lungs were in a bad state."
The decision was then made by the vet to put the dog down to end its suffering.
Limerick Animal Welfare is now calling for information as to who the owner may be "as there may be more dogs in need of help."
Anyone with information can get in contact by calling 063 91110 or 0876371044.