This is the heartbreaking moment caught on CCTV footage of a puppy being dumped by its owner outside the gates of our Birmingham Animal Centre and Hospital.
The incident happened at around 11am on Wednesday 11 December at the centre in Frankley.
A silver Renault car is seen drawing up to the gate before the driver leans across to open the back door and makes the puppy get out. Then the driver wheel-spins off leaving the young Staffordshire bull terrier pup confused and she then tries to desperately follow the vehicle.
The little Staffie, who was wearing a pink diamonte collar, runs after the car to no avail, but fortunately she was picked up by two kind members of the public who were visiting the centre.
It was only later when staff checked the CCTV that they saw the heartbreaking incident in full.
Many staffies are abandoned every week
Sadly this is a scene which is repeated up and down the country at many of our venues and other charities – whereby irresponsible owners dump their animals and expect someone else to pick up the pieces.
The six-month old pup has been named Tinsel and is currently being cared for at the centre, she is one of just many staffie dogs which are abandoned every week. There are currently 22 staffies at the Birmingham animal centre.
RSPCA centre manager Elaine Buchan said:
“It was really hard for staff to watch the CCTV and see this incident unfold and then watch at this driver just sped off leaving this puppy alone.
“As she starts to follow the car your heart just breaks for her, she’s been dumped alone and left confused – just because someone doesn’t want her anymore. It is even more upsetting that this has been done just before Christmas.
“People who take on animals have a legal responsibility to care for them and people who take on a pet should take into account whether they have the time and money to care for the animal 365 days of the year for potentially the next 10-20 years.
“Dumping them is not acceptable – pets are a lifelong commitment and people need to think carefully before getting a pet, as animals have the right to be loved for life.”
Tinsel will be available for rehoming at a later date – but she is just one of many dogs at the centre who are in desperate need of loving new homes – if you would like to offer a dog a new home please call 0300 123 8585 to find out more.
Can you help?
It is an offence to abandon an animal and anyone who may have any information regarding this incident, or who knows who might own this dog is urged to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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