The RSPCA is appealing for information after a puppy was found tied to a tree in a Buckinghamshire wood.

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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, called Patch and thought to be around nine months’ old, was found by a member of the public tied to a tree in woods off Old Saw Mill Lane, in Amersham, on Thursday (24 September).

Patch, pictured right, is microchipped but the RSPCA has made contact with the person whose details are on the chip and they sold him six months ago.

His former owner said he has no details as to who he sold him to but described them as a white female, of big build with black hair and in their early 40s. She had five children and met the original owner in Plantation Walk in Hemel Hempstead.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “Patch was obviously distraught at being abandoned but was so friendly, even so.

“Once I gave him some food and released him from the tree he was tied to, he just wanted to play. He is such a lovely dog. He has no injuries and is in good condition. We do not know how long he was there for.

“He is now in the care of the RSPCA and is making steps in recovering from the distress of being abandoned.

“If anyone knows anything about where Patch came from then we urge them to contact us on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our Inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).