Happy ending as queue forms for eight abandoned pups
After a lucky escape from a heartless owner who intended to drown them in Omagh, these adorable puppies are now in big demand in north Down.
They were rescued after a farmer spotted them in a cardboard box beside a river and brought by volunteers in a relay effort across Northern Ireland to Assisi Animal Sanctuary, close to Bangor, Co Down. Since the Belfast Telegraph reported their sad story of abandonment, Assisi has been inundated with phone calls, emails and visits from people who want to re-home them.
Despite their experience, the vet found them to be in good health, and the six-week-old pups only needed treatment for worms.
After completing their health checks, the little litter yesterday went to a foster home where they will be lovingly cared for by an Assisi volunteer for the next two weeks to ensure they are used to human contact.
The pups are thought to be a mixture of breeds, possibly collie or terrier cross.
They will not be ready for rehoming until September.
Assisi manager Heather Weatherup described the puppies as gorgeous and said they have been inundated with people wanting to take one home.
"We have been telling everyone that they will not be ready for a couple of weeks yet, and then there will be madness because so many people are interested," she said. "They are cracking puppies and will be re-homed in no time."
If you would like to help Assisi to continue their work, please visit http://www.assisi-ni.org/puppyappeal or text DOGS06 £5 (or another amount) to 70070.