The ISPCA are appealing to the public to provide a home for greyhounds that were rescued from a hoarding situation in Co Meath.
A hoarding situation is when a person means well, but gathers a large amount of animals that surpasses their ability to care for all the animals, leading to unintentional neglect.
In this case the dogs were kept in very poor conditions and have mange.
A total of nineteen greyhounds were seized and seven remain in the care of the ISPCA.
Unfortunately two of the greyhounds had to be euthanised but several others have been taken in by other charities around the country. Seven remain in the care of the ISPCA and are looking to be rehomed.
ISPCA central manager Eva Ellis said the prospect of rehoming the greyhounds is not great because people in Ireland prefer smaller breeds.
“There is not a huge interest in medium or large dogs in Ireland,” Eva said
“Which is a pity because greyhounds are fantastic family pets, they are gentle, quiet pets who love warmth and sleep. They are really couch potatoes.”
Eva said the greyhounds would make a great pet for an older person. “They are great on a leash, honestly they are a gentleman species. They don’t bark, they love sleeping, there are no problems with them.”
All dogs from the ISPCA are neutered and microchipped and the only real investment a person would have to make would be a good warm winter rug as the greyhounds feel the cold in the winter months.
“They love being warm,” Eva said.
Anyone interested in adopting a greyhound can contact the ISPCA directly on 043 3325035.