Gardai investigating dog found tied to tree in horrific condition (Warning: Graphic)
Gardai are investigating the discovery of a dog found in horrible condition tied to a tree.
A young lady rang Laois Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals two days ago to say she had found a dog tied to a tree.
The LSPCA said one of their volunteers went immediately to the housing estate in Portlaoise. There they found the dog in horrific condition - tied to a tree.
"The dog had been hidden in bushes and was well hidden away from the public eye", the LSPCA said. "The volunteer could not believe what she saw, this poor dog huddled in the corner, shaking with fear as she approached him.
"He was untied and bundled up in a towel and rushed to the vets. He was immediately treated for shock, received anti-inflammatory and pain relief. He was also started on an antibiotic. His condition stabilized and he was made comfortable.
"He will be having x-rays tomorrow on his front right leg which is injured badly and he battles to put weight on it. He will also have his eyes examined as the mucous membranes in his eyes are very swollen and inflamed.
"The lacerations that this dog has all over him look to be bites which could possibly be linked to dog baiting. He already has old bite wound scars on his face."
The charity has named the injured Staffie 'Buzz', and yesterday said he was recuperating and receiving treatment for his wounds.