RSPCA appeals for information

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a three month-old puppy was found dumped with a fractured leg by an alleyway full of rubbish.

The black and white Lurcher cross – now named Poppy – was found behind a garden shed in Gurney Crescent, Croydon on Sunday (30 January). A member of the public called us with concern after spotting her limping.

RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Rosemary Leach said: “Poppy was found hiding behind a shed in a garden. This backed onto an alleyway full of rubbish and was near tram lines – both serious hazards for a young pup like this.

“The poor little thing was struggling to walk and could not put any weight at all on her rear left leg which later turned out to have a serious fracture.

“We don’t know how long she had been left there abandoned and alone but she was incredibly distressed and in pain.

“Despite this she was so friendly when I found her – all she wanted was to be cuddled. She really is a gorgeous little dog – everyone who has met her agrees – so it just melted my heart to see her like this.”

Poppy has been taken to Putney Animal Hospital where X-rays found she has a tibial shaft fracture, which had gone untreated. She has been given painkillers and her leg put into a splint, and will need dressings on her leg for at least a month to make sure it heals properly. It is hoped she will eventually make a good recovery so she can be rehomed.

Anyone with any information about how Poppy came to be dumped in this way should call the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.