Abandoned pooch Peach is on the mend

by Gazette Reporter

A DOG mercilessly shoved under the gates of an animal shelter last week is now recovering from her injuries with offers of adoption flooding in.

The terrier suffered pelvic injuries, nerve damage and bruising when her cruel owner forcefully pushed under the DSPCA’s electronic barrier and abandoned her.

But the pooch, named Peach by staff at the DSPCA centre in Rathfarnham, is now being showered with attention and receiving countless offers of a new home.

A spokesperson said: “She is a very sweet dog but her eyes are sad and her spirit is a little broken. Our vet team have assessed the damage and she will need two surgeries with implants to repair her pelvis.

She is under pain management and is getting lots of rest and cuddles. Unfortunately we don’t know anything about her past but the goal is to repair the physical and mental damage and when she is ready we will find her the best possible home.”

Peach will go into foster care to recover after her surgery and further down the road formal applications to adopt her will be taken.

Last week the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shared upsetting CCTV footage which showed Peach being pushed under the gates.

The DSCPA posted the “upsetting and unacceptable” video of the incident on their Facebook page. 

In the video, the man can be seen approaching the gates of the rescue charity before he begins forcibly pushing the injured and evidently distressed animal under the gates with no care for its safety. 

“This is footage from our shelter gates, taken yesterday evening. This is upsetting and not acceptable,” the Facebook post reads. 

“We are asking the public if they recognise the individual in the video or have any information that would help our inquiry. 

“The person who dumped her made no effort to contact us by ringing the buzzer on the gate.” 

DSPCA spokesperson Gillian Bird said: “We’d love to know what the circumstances were, and in some cases, we may actually be able to prosecute for cruelty.

“The manner in which she was pushed under the gate must have been excruciating for her.”

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