LIVING rough for the past for months must have been pretty harrowing for this poor dog.

The frightened female lurcher type dog was first spotted in May in Carmarthen – no one knowing if she was a stray, had been abandoned or was just plain lost.

Wandering around without a home – it was down to some kindhearted residents at Parc Y Delyn who looked out for the dog by giving her food.

Stray Carmarthen1In the meantime attempts were made to catch her by dog wardens and animal rescuers, but she wouldn’t let anyone close and remained on the loose.

The RSPCA was then contacted and inspector Keith Hogben went to see if he could assist.

“She has been living around a housing estate in Carmarthen since May,” he said.

“The dog wardens and an animal rescue centre were trying to catch her but had no luck.”

Inspector Hogben went to assess the situation and then called on the help of RSPCA animal collections officer (ACO) Ellie West, and inspector Rohan Barker, who is a firearms specialist.

It took the officers four to five hours last Wednesday [10 December], but they eventually managed to safety dart her with ACO West then finding her about a quarter of a mile from where she was darted in a hedge where she had a den.

She is now finding her feet and will be made available for rehoming in the near future.

Parc Y Delyn resident Janet Hughes said she first noticed the dog in May, and began to feed her a little, but as time went on, fed her daily.

“She is such a lovely dog and I just don’t know what happened to her,” she said. “She was so frightened. She would be in the field every night.

“By the end I was buying cans of dog food for her. I could not let her go without. I would buy her little treats.

“She is such a lovely dog and would make a lovely pet.”

Head nurse at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre, Alison Williams, was contacted by a concerned Mrs Hughes about the dog and contacted the RSPCA for help.

“I think we all had sleepless nights worrying about her in the cold and wet,” she said.

“It was the best day when I received a text to say they had caught her.”

Inspector Hogben said he wanted to thank all the residents who helped to look out for her over the past few months.

“Thanks goes to all of the residents who looked after her for so long,” he said.

“She is doing really well now in the RSPCA’s care and will be available for rehoming. We are now appealing for information to try and find out more about her situation.”

Anyone who may have information should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

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