RSPCA appeals for information

A blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier had a lonely Valentine’s Day – after he was tied to a lamp post and abandoned in a dark alleyway in Kent.

The young male, now named Valentino, was found off Cloudesley Road, Erith on Saturday evening (14 February) at around 9pm. His lead was attached to a street lamp with twine and next to him was a note which said: “Need a new home”. It is believed he had been there for at least three hours.


Fortunately he was in good condition and it only took a day of him being in kennels before he was snapped up and offered a new home.

RSPCA inspector Joanna Bishop said: “Poor Valentino was dumped on Valentine’s Day.

“He is such a lovely dog too. Beautiful, in really good condition with a shiny coat, and a really sweet nature.

“The only word to describe the way he was sitting there under that street light in the dark alley is bewildered. His face seemed to say ‘Why am I here?’

“I didn’t get the impression he’d been mistreated before this point – and then found himself suddenly in a cold, dark alleyway, without any food, water or care. He was just sitting there flummoxed wondering what had happened and where his owner had gone – just very confused and sad.

“He was a blue Staffy with the blues.”

It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to abandon an animal in this way. Anyone with any information about how Valentino came to be left like this should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

The RSPCA is a charity that relies on donations to exist.  If you can help please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network rate message).