Meet the adorable pups and their mum abandoned in a Lisburn lane
A family of puppies and their mother have been rescued after they were dumped in a Lisburn lane.
A member of the public alerted the Lisburn and Castlereagh Council to the five poor pups land their mum left to fend for themselves.
But when officers went to collect them on the Waterloo Road area they were unable to obtain the mother as she was in a state of stress.
Wardens returned on Thursday September 8 and successfully retrieved the mother and reunited her with her pups.
Sadly one of the pups had to be euthanized.
The council said the pups had been abandoned by an "irresponsible and uncaring" individual.
Councillor James Baird thanked the member of the public who informed the council.
He said: "It is a disgraceful act by the person who left these five week old pups and their mother abandoned at the roadside to fend for themselves or be struck by passing traffic.
“These dogs could have been responsibly handed over to the Council without any distress being caused to these animals and without judgement being made about the owner.
“Regrettably after veterinary advice one of the pups had to be euthanized as it suffered a fractured pelvis, which may have been a result of being thrown from a moving vehicle. The mother was very pleased when she was reunited with her pups after a day apart and it was an emotive scene for those who witnessed it.
“I am delighted that the four pups and mother are doing well and the Council will be sending this little family to Almost Home Animal Rescue NI based in Moira to be cared for until they are ready to be rehomed. This animal welfare case is a good example of partnership working between residents, animal sanctuaries and the Council."
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council encourages residents to phone 028 9049 4500 should they have any concerns about animals within the Council area so that swift action can be taken to ensure these animals are cared for.