The ISPCA is issuing an appeal for information about a severely injured dog, who was discovered tied to a gate near its national animal centre.
The young German Shepherd/Akita dog was chained near the entrance to the ISPCA centre in Longford last Sunday night, November 10th.
He was rushed to a local veterinary practice where it was discovered that he had a "horrendous" leg injury, with part of the dog's leg missing.
After a full assessment the ISPCA determined, based on veterinary advice, that due to the severity of the suffering and the low probability of successful treatment the dog should be euthanised on humane grounds.
Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: "We are extremely anxious for any information that will help us establish how this dog came to be in this situation, how the injury occurred and who abandoned him on a cold, wet evening.
"The pain and suffering that the dog endured is quite unimaginable and we would appeal to anybody who knows anything at all to make contact".
Anybody with any information is asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890-515-515 or they can report online here.