'Loving' Dog Gets New Home Just Hours Before He Was Due To Be Put Down

A dog that was due to be put down has been saved with just hours to spare thanks to the work of members of the public and an animal charity.

The 7-year-old Collie-Labrador mix was a stray from the Latton area of Monaghan County in Ireland.

The dog was being kept at the Monaghan County Council's Dog Pound, which published a Facebook post toward the end of March seeking a home for the animal.

The pound described the male dog as a "very affectionate and loving boy" that "expects gentle and respectful attention."

According to the post, the dog dislikes loud noises, sudden movements and any restraints around his neck.

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"Best suited to a secure rural location with a retired person/s who are at home most of the time to provide company and bonding with this guy," the post said.

But on April 10, after the dog had spent 16 days in the pound, officials said there had been no offers of a home for him and that his status was "urgent" due to the risk of being put down.

"This guy may only have a few days of safety left. Monaghan County Council Dog Pound is currently [quite] busy and the council need empty/available space for new dogs being admitted," a Facebook post said.

"This invariably means the dog/s that have been in the longest draw the short straw. This guy is currently the 'short straw.' Very urgently needs a home or rescue offer within next few days so please share."

After the post was published, Irish animal charity My Lovely Horse Rescue said several people had contacted them about the dog's situation.

"We received some urgent messages over this poor dog in the pound who was due to be put down tomorrow," the charity said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

The charity said thanks to the support of members of the public, they were able to take the dog from the pound to go into foster care.

On Monday, My Lovely Horse Rescue said in another post that the dog was collected in the morning and "his new life will begin."

"Thanks again to the public for all their support & kindness in offering help over all these dogs recently. Every life matters," the charity wrote.

Several social media users praised the actions of the charity in securing a new home for the dog.

Among them was Facebook user Ruth Kelly who said: "Thank you SO MUCH!! A sigh of relief all round. Your ceaseless work and efforts are unbelievable."

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Stock image showing a Border Collie. A dog that was due to be put down has been saved with just hours to spare thanks to the work of members of the public and an animal charity. iStock