Despite the efforts to push pet owners to spay or neuter their pets, there are those who appear not to have received the message. If you own a pet and realize that you don’t have enough money to add another, do something about it now.

We don’t want them to end up like that mother dog and her six pups, who were abandoned by their owner.

The pooch had just given birth to a litter of puppies. The owner was most likely unable to have any more dogs. As a result, he or she chained the mother dog while nursing her pups in her miserable condition.

Fortunately, a resident of Elphin, a small town in County Roscommon in Ireland, was out for a stroll near a farm that day. This passer-by noticed a black dog and it was obvious that she had just given birth to these six puppies. The dog was chained to the farmyard gate, but this didn’t deter her from feeding her pups.

Despite her best efforts, her newborn pups still required more. The pups had not yet opened their eyes. And in their condition, it was clear that they needed attention and food.

When the dog was discovered, she was not tethered to her leash and was taken to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (ISPCA). She was accompanied by her pups so that they might get expert care. Nobody knows why these dogs were left in such a terrible condition. They assume their owner thought that having seven dogs would be too much for them to manage.

It was also unclear how long the dog had been chained to the gate. But they were saved, thankfully. If they had remained in that cold weather for much longer, the dogs, especially pups, would not have survived.

According to the ISPCA’s Hugh O’Toole, the mother dog and her puppy’s lives were in danger without food, water, or shelter.

The puppies were placed in the center, where they received the attention, food, and love they needed. They were medically examined first to confirm that they had no illnesses while they were out there in the cold. The dogs were simply hungry and chilly, with no serious illness to be concerned about. Emmy Lou was the mother’s name. Billy Ray, Dolly, Dixie, Dotty, Patsy and June.

ISPCA shared Emmy Lou’s and her dog’s tale on their website. And the subject has elicited a lot of outrage on social media. One person wrote: “Abandoning an animal is a terrible act in of itself but the idea that you don’t leave the animal some chance of finding food and water by trapping it, can only be described as cruel. Not only is the brown Lurcher dog attached to a gate with a very short chain, but is nursing 6 newborn puppies. Thankfully, someone spotted her in the field and alerted the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA). ”

Meanwhile, the pups are staying at ISPCA. However, they are actively seeking for caring homes that would be willing to foster and eventually adopt them for good.