The RSPCA is appealing for information after a shih tzu dog was tied to a lamp post at a Wolverhampton park – where she is thought to have been left overnight.

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The female dog was found, shivering and scared, by a member of the public on Monday morning (12 December) at a park near Glentworth Gardens.

She was microchipped however her owners cannot be traced as the details were not up to date.

RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor said: “The dog’s name is given as Ashja on her microchip, but she doesn’t respond to this name so it may be that she was called something else.

“Poor Ashja was terrified when she was found – she was cold and shivering. She may have been there all night, just waiting to be found. She is lucky that the temperatures aren’t freezing at the moment because if it were then she might not have been alive when she was found.

“We are keen to find who dumped her like this, as it is no way to treat an animal. Dogs can get easily stressed by situations like this.

“If you have any information at all about who dumped Ashja, please contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

Ashja has been checked over by a vet, where she was found to have diarrhoea. She has been given medication and is now being cared for at private kennels.

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.)