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A brutal image of a blind dog has become the focus of an ongoing online debate surrounding the plight of animals living in Irish puppy farms.

The photo of a grey terrier named Ponda was shared by Animal Heaven Animal Rescue’s Facebook page yesterday alongside a caption which claims the dog only escaped her previous owners because she can no longer produce pups.

“After nine years of breeding the only reason she got out was the fact she can’t have pups anymore,” reads the heartwrenching post.  “Tonight she is recovering at our vets after being spayed and both eyes removed.”

The caption suggests Ponda suffered years of pain while being “forced to have pups” to profit her owners and living in “filthy conditions”.

The Kerry-based charity has called for puppy farming to be banned while posing the question: “Will her face be enough to stop people buying designer dogs for Christmas?”

Naturally, the image of the dog’s oozing eyes has caused great upset among the animal-loving community.

Comments on the post range from genuine upset to sheer anger at the lax regulations which allow such abuse to occur.

“I would love five minute with the people who caused this pain to these unfortunate animals,” wrote one impassioned commentator.  “They’re not fit to be called humans.”

“OMG why don’t the guards do something about this?” asked another.  “My heart really is breaking.  Why are these bad heartless people allowed to do this to a sweet puppy who only really wanted to be loved and cared for?”

Last week, 96 designer puppies – including Basset Hounds, Beagles, Yorkies, Cocker Spaniels and Bichon Frise – bound for the UK market were rescued at Dublin Port.

The pups have been placed in foster homes as they are currently too ill to be assigned to permanent owners.

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An Afghan Hound has become an unlikely Internet sensation after images of her glossy hair began to drive dog lovers delirious.

Tea, the “supermodel” dog from Sydney, went viral this week after her owner, Luke Kavanagh, posted a picture of her lying on a bench to Facebook.

The image has now been shared more than one million times as fans admire five-year-old Tea’s impressive coat.

Speaking of the retired show dog, Luke told Local News that Tea can’t go anywhere without attracting attention.

“We always thought that she was far too pretty to keep at home,” he said.

“Even our weekend walks draw a crowd.  She pretends she doesn’t need the attention, but she definitely loves it, just like any supermodel.”

Since accidentally achieving viral fame, Tea has been approached by advertising companies and has taken up animal acting.

With hair like that, it would have been wrong not to!

Images: Luke Kavanagh Facebook

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A koala bear has become an unlikely Internet sensation after a butterfly landed on her nose during a video shoot at an Australian zoo.

Yesterday, Symbio Wildlife Park took to Facebook to share the now viral clip of Willow the koala befriending a large, black and orange butterfly.

The zoo – which is situated in New South Wales – captioned the post “This butterfly taking over Willow’s photoshoot is the cutest thing you will ever see” and they weren’t lying.

Check it out below: 

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*Some users may find these images distressing*

A warning has now been issued to pet owners in the Cork area, after a family dog was attacked seemingly for no reason while he lay in his own back-garden.

In a heart-wrenching post on an animal charity's Facebook page, images of the injured pet were afterwards posted – prompting an outraged response from hundreds of people. 

Shared via ArcAnimal Rescue Cobh – it read: "Word of caution to any dog owners in Cobh – it's a fright to God when you can't even keep your own family dog out in the back garden without him being abused.

"Our family dog who wouldn't hurt a fly has been minding his own business in the back garden when some lowlife poured some sort something over him which has been described by the vet as a sort of chemical.

"The holes in his back are from someone poking him with an iron through the fence.

"So everyone please keep an eye on your dogs and if you see any suspicious activity around a house please report to the Gardai! We are absolutely devastated that someone would do this to our dog."

In response, Peta Ireland has also offered up a €2,000 reward for information that leads to the discovery of the perpetrators of the vicious attack.

"It's imperative that any community faced with a cruel and callous act such as this take measures to find the culprit and bring him or her to justice," Peta's Elisa Allen said.

"Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human – and must be caught before they act again."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.

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Your daily dose of animals being adorable is here and it's a good one!

Watch as this cute little pig slips and slides on the icy footpath. He doesn't seem to enjoy it very much though – which is why he's lucky his caring owner is there to rescue him! 

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This is the best thing for a dreary Monday morning – fact!

Oakley the Australian Sheperd just LOVES Frozen's Let It Go, so much so that she wakes up when it is played in the car. 

Watch as she lifts her adorable head once the music comes on and even starts howling along to the song – so cute! 

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This is one needy big doggy!

After his owner decides he needs to get up after an epic hugging session, Sully wants to let him know he isn’t quite done yet.

By holding him down…we need a hug from this guy right now!

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Mondays are difficult. That’s why we’d like to help you all out and make it a little easier.

This video of a bulldog playing peek-a-boo is sure to make your Monday a little brighter.

Just look at that face! 

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Winter the lamb is the pet we all want but just haven’t realised yet.

Prepare to obsessively Google how exactly you can own a pet lamb without having to invest in a field, though it’s probably a bad idea…

This vine of Winter bounding down the halls when his name is called has been exactly what we needed this Friday morning and we cannot stop watching!

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This is so amazingly cute, then it gets a bit scary, then it's super cute again! 

When this family member arrives home after being away for two years, she got the best reaction EVER from her pet dog!

As he sequels in delight, things get a little serious as he appears to pass out from excitement, but it all ends well, thankfully!

We're almost certain that's a smile we see at the end…

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Happy Friday! Here are some cute animals to make your day even better!

1. Usually it’s the dogs that embarrass themselves

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2. Play dead, play dead!

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3. Look at the way he psychs himself up for the launch

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4. Yes! Chasing! Let’s go! Oh no…

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5. Sleepy time…

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6. Too cute. He needs a smaller stick

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7. The enthusiasm is just too much

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8. Horse yoga

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9. If Larry David was a penguin

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10. Too much excitement, poor pug never had a chance

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11. Smooth surfaces and fluffy cats

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via our content partner CT

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Your afternoon dose of cuteness!

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