A THREE month old lurcher puppy is in recovery after being found with his throat slashed in Portlaoise. The puppy who was named Taylor, was found trapped between two high walls with his throat slashed several times from ear to ear near a housing estate in Portlaoise.
It is still unknown if Taylor will make a full recovery, however Lorraine McEvoy from Cara Resue said that he is looking very bright since his operation.
Cara Rescue, a volunteer run not for profit animal charity based in Portlaoise, responded to a phone call on Friday afternoon about the dog trapped between the walls. They took him to Vetcare in Portlaoise, where, on initial examination, it appeared his injuries were too severe to treat, with so many muscles severed.
However, his major throat artery, the jugular, was possibly the only thing the culprits had not managed to cut, so he was treated for shock, dehydration, pain and infection overnight and was operated on last Saturday morning.
“Nothing, and I mean nothing, could have prepared us for what we found”, Lorraine McEvoy said about the shocking discovery.
“The flesh was hanging wide open. We took him straight to Vetcare, he never made a sound. His tiny head, chest, legs, basically all of him covered in dried blood, which would lead us to believe it happened possibly Thursday sometime.”
The vets pieced the flesh back together after rectifying the damage underneath as much as they could. Their main worry now is wound breakdown and infection.
On the Cara Rescue Facebook page, which was inundated with messages of support for Taylor, the charity said that they were “overwhelmed by the amount of well wishes and support for this little pup”. The story has touched the hearts of people all over the country who were disgusted at the level of abuse shown to the puppy.
“We work from day to day fundraising every cent to pay for medical and food, paying our vet bill monthly. Only last week we had €20 in our account, But that will never stop us from taking in dogs. They come first and we worry about the money later. Should we raise more than is needed to cover Taylor’s vet bill it will just mean we can save more lives. To anyone that has already donated, we cannot thank you enough”, they told Facebook followers.
A full report has been given to Gardaí in Portlaoise. If anyone has any information at all, they are urged to contact Portlaoise Garda on 057 867 4100. All information is confidential.
If anyone would like to make a donation to Cara Rescue to help with Taylor’s vet costs and treatment, they can be made through Paypal. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can also be made directly into the dog rescue’s band account: BOI Account number: 97579601 Sort Code 90-18-61, or by calling Vetcare Portlaoise on 057 866 4841. They will accept card payments over the phone.