A workman discovered the terrier-cross puppies, Cupid and Valentino, on a grass verge of the Athlone Rd in Longford on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
He placed the tiny pups in his hat to keep them warm and called the ISPCA. Small enough to fit into the palm of a hand, the puppies were just a few days old and still had not opened their eyes.
While it was initially feared the puppies would not survive, ISPCA’s Denise McCausland never gave up hope. The big-hearted animal welfare supervisor and veterinary nurse bottled-fed the dogs around the clock.
Ms McCausland said the puppies would probably have died within hours if they had not been found.
“They were hungry and they were cold,” she said. “They were so small there was no chance they could even have crawled.
“It is completely shocking to see defenceless animals being discarded like rubbish and left to die at the side of a busy road.
However, Cupid and Valentino are expected to make a full recovery and when old enough, the ISPCA will find them homes.
lThe ISPCA is appealing for information as to the origin of the puppies. Contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 in confidence or email firstname.lastname@example.org.