Thursday 15 November 2012

The RSPCA was alerted after a member of the public after they discovered the dog tied to the porch outside their house, 17 Marley Avenue, New Milton at about 7.20pm on Wednesday 14 November 2012.

Dog discovered tied to porch © RSPCADoreen Denton, sent her husband Christopher to have a look, after she was disturbed by the noise of children laughing and chattering outside, along with the sound of a dog crying.

Mrs Denton said: ” I thought something must be wrong so I asked my husband to look outside and he came back with this lovely dog, which the children must had tied to the post of our porch with a lead.

“She was a lovely friendly dog that was desperate for some attention, so it is hard to imagine why anyone would do that to her. She slept on my husband’s bed overnight and we called the RSPCA and their nice inspector came to pick her up the next morning.”

The female, bull -terrier type dog, which is probably less than a-year-old,  is currently in the care of the local authority dog warden, where she has been named Marley.

Now the RSPCA is appealing for information in a bid to discover who was responsible for this dog and how she came to be where she  was found.

RSPCA inspector Graham Hammond, who is investigating, said: ” At this stage we don’t know if we are dealing with an abandonment or an animal  which some children found and decided to tie up outside a house but either way we are keen to trace the owner of this dog and find out how it came to be left in this way.

Under the Animal Welfare Act 206 anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal faces upto six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.

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