VHI Womens Mini Marathon

VHI Womens Mini Marathon

We are looking for people to run in the VHI Womens Mini Marathon in aid of the Waterford SPCA. We need you to help us help the animals.

The marathon is on the bank holiday Sunday. 3rd June 2018
Please see their website www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie or facebook page www.facebook.com/vhiwomensminimarathon/
for more information or to register.

We appreciate all fundraising efforts.

I’m doing the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon on June 5th 2017, the biggest women’s event of its kind in the world – Join me and thousands of other women for lots of fun on the day!

***Abandoned Shih Tzu***

It is with great sorrow that Theo, the abandoned shih tzu, could not be saved from ailments resulting from his neglect. We did everything we could and the wonderful staff at City Vets worked tirelessly to try and save him.
We are appealing to the public to be vigilant and report any cases they see. All information received can be reported anonymously
Please call us on 051841432 or email waterfordspca@eircom.net


The dog below was abandoned outside a vets in the city with a note attached. The poor little dog was in horrendous shape. We are doing all we can to get this dog back to full health.
We are appealing to the public to know if anyone recognises this dog or know who owned him. All information received can be reported anonymously
Please call us on 051841432 or email waterfordspca@eircom.net


DJANGO is a ~3.5 years old male Dachshund X with extremely cute puppy dog eyes😊. He is small in size.

Django will need an indoor home where he will get lots of one on one interaction, with someone at home for most of the day. He loves to be in the middle of the action but also likes a quiet space he can escape to when he needs a rest.
He loves to snooze on a comfy couch.

Django is very friendly, loves cuddles and is good around children.
He adores people and will insist on sleeping on your bed overnight as this was his routine in his previous home.
He does not seem to mind cats and likes to play with other dogs.

Django is house trained, leadtrained, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.
He loves scent walks and everything has to be investigated😊

If you would like to have Django as part of your family please contact us on 051-841432, email waterfordspca@eircom.net or pm.

Homechecks apply as normal.
A 100 % secure garden is essential.

Man in court over cruelty and neglect of greyhounds

A Waterford appeared before Waterford Circuit Court on Thursday last, Janury 11th, charged under Section 12(a) of the Animal Welfare Act.
Waterford SPCA Inspector Alice Lacey gave details of responding to a call from the public on March 5th 2015 and calling to the man’s home, which he shares with his father and sister. The court heard that the defendant had two greyhounds living outside in separate pens, along with one indoors.
Ms Lacey told the court that, accompanied by members of An Garda Siochana from Kilmacthomas Garda Station, three greyhounds were seized due to their poor condition, with one having to be euthanised immediately on arrival at the vets. The dogs were extremely underweight, and had pressure sores and open wounds from lying on a hard surface without any proper comfort for a prolonged period of time. One of the wounds on the dog which was euthanised dog went right down to the bone.
The dogs, aged between 4 and 6 years, had previously been tagged and registered with the Irish Greyhound Board. The court heard that two pets, an Alsatian and a Rottweiler were also living at the residence, were found in very good condition.
Inspector Lacey told the court that the owner was not at home when she called but she left him a note and he contacted her at 6pm that evening. They met in person at the address on March 9th and he had told her that he had de-wormed the dogs and “accepted responsibility”. He told her that he had been feeding the dogs on bread and “racer nuts”.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly said that it is “extraordinary” that this man could let these hounds get into such poor condition and that a Rottweiler and Alsatian were found in such good condition. Solicitor Paddy Gordon said that when his client became aware that the dogs were not thriving he “didn’t know what to do” and then “was afraid”.
Judge O’Kelly said that he could have contacted a vet.
Despite having the dogs confiscated by the ISPCA, and one having to be destroyed, the defendant received the Probation Act and was ordered to pay €2,350 to the Waterford SPCA. Judge Kelly noted that defendant suffered from psychological difficulties, was “functionally illiterate”, and had no previous convictions.
He said: “If he comes back before this court he won’t be treated in the same way.”
We have attached photos of the sores found one of the greyhounds in this case. Visitors to our page may find them distressing.
Waterford SPCA are grateful to the Gardaí for taking the prosecuting and hope that it will help prevent and deter against neglect and maltreatment of animals. If you have any concerns about neglect, mistreatment or cruelty to animals please call Waterford SPCA at 051-841432 or email waterfordspca@eircom.net. Remember one call can save an animal’s life.

**Custodial Sentence for Kilkenny Man**

On Monday 4th December 2017, in Clonmel District Court, Damien Power with an address at Turkstown, Co. Kilkenny was sentenced to two months imprisonment after pleading guilty to neglecting, or being reckless, regarding the health and welfare of a Patterdale terrier dog. The dog had severe injuries to its nose and jaw described in court as “consistent with some form of animal fighting”.

The case originated from a report to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline from a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of several dogs.
Waterford SPCA Inspector Alice Lacey visited the defendant’s property on Friday 8th January 2016 accompanied by Gardaí from Kilkenny Station. A number of dogs were found on the property and Inspector Lacey was particularly concerned about one male Patterdale Terrier with severe injuries to his lower jaw and nose.

The dog was immediately seized and brought to the City Vets in Waterford City for urgent veterinary assessment. It was the opinion of the attending veterinary surgeon that the dog had not received appropriate treatment its horrific injuries. The vet also believed that the injuries had been sustained over a period of time with a number of separate events contributing to the trauma to the dog’s face.
Inspector Lacey added: “The dog’s owner failed to seek veterinary treatment and had no regard for the suffering caused to this defenceless dog which would have endured extreme pain over a prolonged period of time. I would like to thank City Vets and the Waterford SPCA for their assistance in this case”.
Despite the best efforts of vets and care staff, the dog did not respond to treatment and had severe respiratory problems as a result of the injuries. Based on veterinary advice, he was euthanised on welfare grounds to prevent further suffering.

The Judge said the accused had shown a reckless disregard for the suffering of the dog and due to the veterinary evidence he could have considered a higher scale of sentencing but took Mr. Power’s guilty plea into consideration and imposed a two month custodial sentence .

Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA and Waterford SPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report cruelty online in confidence on http://www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint<http://www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint> or calling Waterford SPCA at 051-841432

Waterford SPCA co-funds the ISPCA Inspector which provides a licensed animal welfare officer to deal with animal welfare offences in the Waterford City, County and South Tipperary area.

Please help Waterford SPCA continue its work by donating securely to Waterford SPCA on the idonate link. Your donation helps us continue our work with abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the Waterford Area. Thank-you <https://www.idonate.ie/902_waterford-s-p-c-a.html>

You can help Waterford SPCA continue its work with abandoned, abused and neglected animals by:
> becoming a member of the society for €15 per annum
> helping with fundraising
> encourage friends to sign up for our regular e-letters
> reporting concerns of cruelty, abuse or neglect of animals.
> Karen in the office will be delighted to answer any queries you have regarding how to become a member of Waterford SPCA and how to sign up for volunteering with the society. The office is open every morning Mon to Fri, please call 051-841432 or email waterfordspca@eircom.net <mailto:waterfordspca@eircom.net>

More Wonderful Work by Our Inspector Alice


Well done to Inspector Alice Lacey for all the hard work she put in to achieve a successful prosecution in this horrendous Waterford City case and to get justice for these Wheaten Terriers.
(Please note that some images are upsetting and graphic)

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