Tuesday 29 January 2013


The RSPCA is appealing for information after an injured puppy was found in an alleyway in Brotton, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire.


The tiny girl, thought to be aged around four weeks old and far too young to be away from her mother, was wandering in the alley to the rear of Jackson Street on Sunday afternoon (25 January 2013).


RSPCA inspector Emma Stainthorpe said: “A member of the public found her and took her home before giving us a call.


“She has suffered what appear to be some kind of burns to her face, neck and feet which have become badly infected and must have been causing her a lot of pain.


“I got her straight to the vets where she’s been being treated ever since.”


The puppy, named ‘Orphan Annie’ by those caring for her, is so young she is having to be bottle fed every four hours.


“She is in the very best place and is getting the very best care,” said inspector Stainthorpe.


“She has been with us for two nights now so the signs are good but she’s certainly not out of the woods yet. Puppies shouldn’t leave their mother until they’re eight weeks old really, then of course there are the injuries too.”


‘Orphan Annie’ is described as brindle-coloured and most probably a lurcher-type.  At the moment there is no way of establishing where she came from.


Anyone who recognises her and knows who owns her or who saw anything suspicious should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for inspector Stainthorpe.