Ireland is currently experiencing a series of thefts involving dogs. Authorities have been calling it an “epidemic” has many family pets are being taken from homes and then subjected to horrors like being used as bait dogs for fights, or being sold abroad.
In one case, the stolen dog was eventually found, but not after the poor thing had its microchip brutally cut out from under her skin! Authorities are now asking for anyone with information about the case to come forward.
The dog, Daisy, is a springer spaniel. She and her seven puppies – Forest, Mabel, Maggie, Betty, Bonnie, Coba, and Sam – were all stolen from a locked kennel in County Wexford, Ireland.
Daisy was found four days later up in Dublin, by someone who turned her over to the Dublin SPCA. Unfortunately, none of her puppies were anywhere to be found. The people who stole Daisy and her pups also ended up physically gouging out her microchip from beneath the skin on her neck! After the brutal attack, they dumped her on the streets of Dublin, which is roughly 74 miles from her home in Wexford.
Even though Daisy was reunited with her owner, Patricia, the occasion was bittersweet. While Patricia was happy to have Daisy back, she was distressed over the puppies’ whereabouts, as well as repulsed that someone could be so cruel as to carve her dog’s microchip out with a knife.
Patricia is now asking the public for help. Anyone who might have bought a springer spaniel puppy in the last week should come forward and tell the authorities what they may know. Patricia has stated that her poor dog is traumatized by the experience and is now constantly “looking for her puppies.”
As Patricia shared with RTÉ Liveline, Daisy was callously “dumped on the street to starve, but the worst thing was they had actually taken a knife to her neck and removed her microchip and left her there.”
She reiterated to the radio show how heartbreaking it is to watch her dog suffer, saying that the family can’t leave the distraught dog on her own.
It is still unknown how the thieves knew that Daisy and her puppies were at the location. However, there is a rumor going around on the internet that these professional criminals are using technology – specifically drones – to spy on people’s yards.
Daisy’s family didn’t even know that anything was amiss with their pets until the next morning when their daughter went out to let the dogs into the home. That is when they discovered that the kennel’s padlock had been broken with the help of some tool.
Daisy’s puppies were supposed to be going off to new homes when they were 8 weeks old, which they would’ve have been turning now. That is why Patricia is asking for information or for anyone who may have bought a springer spaniel in the recent days from online to please get in touch.
She pleaded, “If they have any idea or any inkling that it may be one of Daisy’s puppies, please do the right thing.”
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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