A blind boxer dog thrown down a concrete hole and left to her fate had been used as a “breeding machine”, according to the founder of an animal rescue centre.
The dog was discovered by Cara Bideau as she played near her home in the Waterside area of Londonderry.
The six-year-old spotted the animal trapped down the concrete hole in waste ground.
Little Cara ran home and told her father Kenny, who rescued the distressed animal.
Mr Bideau said he was shocked by the level of obvious cruelty.
“Cara came home and said a pup had fallen down a manhole, but when I went with her back to where the dog was I could see that wasn’t the case at all,” he said.