In Ireland, the dog population for 2020 stood at around 455,000.
During the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020, the demand for dogs boomed as those working from home and self-isolating sought out a companion, and while many rescued dogs were re-homed, some in the breeding business were not so lucky.
For Tubs, it was a lucky escape when he came into the care of Nuala McNamara of Fermoy Animal Shelter and now his story serves as a cautionary tale, advising the public to do their research before adding a four-legged friend to the family this Christmas (or indeed at any time).
According to Nuala, when she first set eyes on the small-breed white dog, he looked like a ‘dirty cushion’ with two little eyes looking out from under his matted fur.
Full story in this week’s Print & Digital Edition