RSPCA appeals for information

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a chihuahua was dumped on the street in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in an extremely poorly state, after an unsuccessful attempt to give birth.

The dog was found by a member of the the public in the Symonds Green area of Hertfordshire on Friday morning (4 September), before being taken straight to a vet and the RSPCA called.

The dog, nicknamed Poppy, had a microchip registered to Lithuania and was found with a stillborn puppy still waiting to be delivered. It is believed the dead puppy may have been inside her for at least a couple of days

She was treated by a vet but very sadly died over the weekend as her condition was so bad. The vet also found she had previously had a caesarian section.

Paula Wilson, from the RSPCA’s Hertfordshire East Branch where Poppy was taken, said: “This was such a heartbreaking story.

“I can’t believe this dog was just abandoned and left to suffer on her own in this terrible state. We are very grateful to the member of the public for finding and rescuing her, but sadly it was too late for Poppy, she was just too unwell.

“It seems likely that Poppy was one of many dogs brought over from other countries for breeding, and then just dumped when she didn’t fulfil her purpose.

“We urge anyone with any information about this sad incident or any other similar incident to call us, in complete confidence, on 0300 123 8018.”

RSPCA inspector Jayne Bashford said: “Sadly cases like this happen far too often. Puppy trafficking is big business and we are extremely concerned about the way puppies are bred, imported in poor conditions and sold like commodities with little or no regard for their future well being.

“Illegally imported puppies are flooding the market, many of whom are sick and/or too young to be vaccinated against disease and away from their mothers.

“Dealers just see the pound signs – and think nothing of dumping the unwanted dogs when they are no longer useful to them – sometimes in horrific states like poor Poppy.”

For more information about this issue please see:

http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/dogownership/breeding

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