RSPCA issue warning about dog abandonments in lockdown
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The puppy, thought to be just six weeks old, was found by a shocked dog walker in Feltham, west London, on Saturday. The black and tan coloured pup was “freezing cold” and very sick when he was discovered in the clear plastic box in a green space on Hatton Road.
The helpless animal was rushed to the vets but they were unable to save him.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation and is appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
RSPCA Inspector Nicole Broster said: “This is such a tragic incident and it broke my heart that such a tiny puppy was left to suffer so much, and knowing he had been abandoned all alone when he was in such desperate need of help.
“The walker described him as ‘freezing cold’ when he found him, and when he was examined by vets it was clear he was skinny, suffering from conjunctivitis so severe that he wasn’t able to open his eyes.
“He was also so weak and subdued he was unable to eat or take more than a few steps.
“Abandoning any animal is cruel and completely unnecessary, we don’t know how long the puppy had been left out inside the box in the cold in bushes, and vulnerable to all sorts of danger.
“It’s possible someone dumped him because he’s so poorly, and he could be a by-product of the cruel puppy trade.
“It’s beyond belief that someone left him in those bushes and walked away.”
The puppy was transferred from the local vet to the RSPCA Finsbury Park Hospital earlier this week.
Despite every effort to save him, he did not respond to treatment and was put to sleep to end his suffering.
Ms Broster added: “I’d like to say an enormous thank you to the person who found the puppy and took him to a vet and cared for him.
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“Because of their actions, he was treated with love and dignity in his last few days and was given every chance of pulling through.
“It’s always incredibly upsetting for us when an animal doesn’t make it.”
Anyone with information can contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
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