A puppy was found abandoned in the early hours of the morning on the doorstep of a member of the public who works closely with an RSPCA branch.

The person, who works with the RSPCA Llys Nini branch, found the helpless pup on their doorstep – in Swansea – at 5.30am in the morning on 29 January.

He was found with a distended stomach and an eye problem. The puppy was taken to a local veterinary practice, for initial care, including worming and flea treatment.

The pup is believed to be around 12 or 13 weeks of age, and has been affectionately nicknamed Hugo. RSPCA Cymru is now urging any member of the public who may have witnessed anything, or have any relevant information, to come forward.

The pup is currently with a local foster carer, and is recovering well, though will need further attention related to an eye condition.

Andrew Harris, RSPCA animal welfare officer, said:

“This poor pup was found abandoned, and in need of veterinary help and care, in the early hours of the morning. It’s such a relief he was found in good time, and he is thankfully doing well with a foster carer.

“It seems possible a member of the public knew the home belonged to someone who works with an RSPCA branch. and thought this was an easy route to abandoning this poor, defenceless animal.

“However, we cannot be clear as to the circumstances behind this incident. We’re urging anyone who may have seen anything relevant to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”