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Four dogs abandoned in Northern Ireland town looking for a new home

Grace, an 11-year-old Spaniel found at the side of the road
Grace, an 11-year-old Spaniel found at the side of the road

After one being left tied to a fence and another discarded by the side of the road, four dogs abandoned in Co Antrim have now been rescued and are ready to find a new home.

Dogs Trust in Ballymena said it has recently seen an "influx" of abandoned dogs in the town and has urged owners to seek help if they cannot care for their pets.

The first dog to arrive at the centre on the Teeshan Road was 11-year-old Spaniel Grace, who was found by a member of the public at the side of the road last month.

She was brought to the vet and when an owner failed to come forward, Grace was brought to the rehoming centre.

Rizzo was less than a year old when she was found
Rizzo was less than a year old when she was found

Two weeks ago, an eight-year-old Spaniel nicknamed Bliss was found tied to a fence close to the centre.

Both Grace and Bliss were not microchipped, which is required under law and helps identify owners.

Oonagh Philips, Dogs Trust Ballymena rehoming centre manager, said: "Grace and Bliss were very shaken up by their ordeal when they came into our care and it took them a couple of days to build trust around people again."

One week ago, a terrier named Rizzo, who is less that one-year-old, was found by a staff member at the rehoming centre on the exact spot Bliss was abandoned.

Just days later Sally, an eight-year-old Collie cross, was found abandoned by a member of the public and brought to the centre.

"We could tell Rizzo hadn’t eaten in a while, which could have resulted in a deterioration of her physical health. Sally is incredibly sweet natured, and just like the others, will make a wonderful addition to the right home," Oonagh Philips said.

Sally was found by a member of the public
Sally was found by a member of the public

Ms Philips reminded anyone who no longer feels they can care for their dog to contact their local rescue organisation.

“We are not sure why there has been a recent influx in dogs being abandoned," she added.

"We always remind people that ‘a dog is for life’ but we understand that life happens, and places like Dogs Trust are there to support any dog owner who experiences a bump in the road and needs our help.

"Sometimes the most responsible thing we can do as a dog owner is admit that we aren’t coping with our pets, but it is important to ensure they are kept safe and not left to fend for themselves.”

If you are interested in adopting a dog, contact Dogs Trust Ballymena on 028 25447227 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/our-centres/ballymena

Bliss was found tied to a fence
Bliss was found tied to a fence

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