The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was abandoned behind an empty building, where he was found lying on broken glass.


The male Staffordshire bull terrier, who has been named Patch, was found by a member of the public behind an abandoned building in Pyenest Street, Stoke-on-Trent, on Monday afternoon (15 May).

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin, who attended, said: “He was found tied up on a short lead to a metal fence at the back of a building. We presume he had been abandoned the night before and when we found him he was lying on broken glass. He had pulled weeds down around him and it looked as though he was trying to get something comfortable to lie on.

“He was so, so scared and when he got to him he was visibly shaking. He had no collar on, just a black slip lead, and no microchip. He is in a good body condition but has quite a few cuts and grazes on his body,

“What concerns us is that he wasn’t abandoned somewhere visible, so whoever abandoned him may have done so with the intention of him not being found. It’s so sad.

“We got him to a vet and his demeanour changed completely – we even got to see the famous Staffy smile from him! He is an absolutely lovely dog with a good temperament.”

Patch is now in the RSPCA’s care.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018, leaving a message for Inspector Melvin.

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