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Canine stolen in Cork reunited with its proprietor after being present in Wicklow a yr later

THE significance of getting your pet micro-chipped was emphasised throughout the week when Wicklow Animal Welfare had been capable of reunite a Cocker Spaniel along with her proprietor practically a yr since she was stolen from her Cork dwelling.

icklow Animal Welfare is situated simply outdoors Rathdrum and was established by Fiona Gammell again in 2006 after she had already labored as a cruelty inspector and held the place of the Vice-President of the Wicklow Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a three-year interval.

Final Sunday, Fiona was finishing up a house verify in Arklow, when she was contacted by a person from Kilmacanogue who had discovered a canine in a foul approach. She instantly drove to Kilmacanogue and returned to Wicklow Animal Welfare with the Cocker Spaniel in tow.

“I see quite a lot of mangy canine, nothing new there, however this lady was significantly unhealthy,” mentioned Fiona.

“I went right away and picked her up. I introduced her dwelling and scanned her, as I all the time do. Then I handled her for parasites and put her in a run and fed her. She was ravenous. One factor I seen was that the entire time, she was wagging her tail. She had clearly only in the near past been feeding puppies too. She was very completely happy to be right here and slept the sleep of the rescued.”

Fiona scanned the canine and located she was micro-chipped. The info bases flagged that she had been stolen a yr in the past from a property in Co Cork. Her daughter had additionally been stolen on the identical time, however was present in April of this yr straying near the location the place her mom was additionally discovered.

Her relieved proprietor drove up from Cork to select her up on Thursday.

“It simply exhibits how vital getting your canine micro-chipped is,” added Fiona.

“We reunited the canine along with her proprietor practically a yr to the day she was first stolen, and it’s unlikely that might have occurred if she wasn’t micro-chipped. It has been obligatory since 2018.

“You usually discover when folks have a plain canine equivalent to a Golden Retriever or Labrador, they really can’t inform their canine aside from others. Micro-chipping is vitally vital.

“I obtained my first canine micro-chipped 30 years in the past, and I used to be most likely one of many first folks within the space to take action. I used to carry the canine in all places with me in my automobile, and I used to be terrified if the automobile obtained stolen, I might lose the canine. I didn’t actually care in regards to the automobile. Micro-chipping is the one particular approach you possibly can say the canine is mine whether it is discovered after it has gone lacking or was stolen.”

In the meantime, Wicklow Animal Rescue finds itself busier than ever. Canine possession elevated dramatically throughout lockdown, which resulted in a rise in canine breeders.

“Anybody studying this who has purchased a Cocker pup or any of the Cocker mixes ought to assume lengthy and onerous in regards to the distress your buy has inflicted on the moms and dads of your member of the family,” mentioned Fiona.

“I’ve been doing this a very long time however we have now by no means been as busy. Throughout lockdown, lots of people who would ordinarily get their canine neutered, thought they’d money in and begin breeding as an alternative. A lot of Collies and Cockapoos had been bred, and they are often onerous to deal with and tough to rehome. We had been just lately requested to absorb 5 Cockapoo pups from somebody who thought they’d make a fortune. It has to cease.

“Now we have so many canine right here now that we needed to ship some over to the UK, which I haven’t needed to do in years. It’s very costly and includes passport prices, rabies injections and transport, however we had little choice. Additionally folks assume if it’s a Irish Kennel Membership registered breeder then every little thing is above board, when usually it’s not. Individuals assume IKC registered breeders have been checked out, however that’s usually not the case.”

There’s no signal of any respite any time quickly for Fiona. On Friday morning she collected 5 Chihuahua and Terrier cross puppies whose mom was killed. The pups are solely about ten weeks previous and Fiona has already secured skilled fosters for 3 of the pups.

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