A group of sixteen puppies found in Athenry earlier this week were being kept in what has been described as appalling conditions.

Rte.ie are reporting that the dogs were rescued after a member of the public heard sounds coming from an abandoned horsebox in the Ballydavid area of the Co Galway town on Tuesday 17 July.

Gardaí and the local dog warden attended the scenes.

The dogs have been described as being emaciated and severely dehydrated. Many were also diseased.

They received emergency veterinary attention before being transferred to a local animal welfare organisation.

Seven of the dogs have died since died.

It is suspected that they were being bred illegally for sale.

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