29 May 2006

Aoife’s tale touches the hearts of the nation

Irish Examiner

By Neans McSweeney, South-East Correspondent
29 May 2006

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usA GREYHOUND which had its ears hacked off by brutes who wanted to hide her identity has become a celebrity of sorts.

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Two-year-old Aoife was found abandoned, terrified and with blood spilling from her head near Tramore, Co Waterford, in March. Her ears were cut off to remove tattoos which would identify her and her owners.

But with the love and care of Waterford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (WSPCA) welfare officer Andrew Quinn, vets and his volunteers, Aoife has come along leaps and bounds.

Her progress, as mapped by the Irish Examiner, has touched the hearts of so many people that get well cards, many of them packed with money, have flooded in from well-wishers all over the country.

The ‘Aoife Fund’ at the WSPCA has now hit the €2,000 mark.

Mr Quinn said: “We had one particularly touching card from a playschool in Kerry. The children made the card and signed it.

“They also all brought in e1 each and sent us along €15 which has helped with Aoife’s care. We are hoping to be able to arrange to bring Aoife to the school soon so she can meet the children.

“The response from the public, from as far away as Dublin and Donegal, Galway and Cavan has been nothing short of amazing. We’ve never seen anything like it.”

Aoife is now up to her recommended weight and the scars where her ears were cut off are mending.

“Long-term, Aoife may need more surgery. But at the moment, the advice from our vets is that she is hearing and does not need more surgery.”

Mr Quinn said Aoife is “really happy” now.

Bord na gCon has taken DNA samples to narrow down the litter from which Aoife came. In the meantime, she remains in the care of WSPCA.

Mr Quinn said she is eligible for re-homing.

“We’ve have hundreds of offers, even from as far away as the UK. She will make a loving pet for someone and will enjoy long years lounging on their couch.”

Get well wishes can be sent to Aoife at the ISPCA office at Summerland Square, Yellow Road, Waterford. Alternatively people can ring (051) 841432.

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