The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dying puppy was dumped in a car carrier outside a Pets at Home, in Southwark.

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CCTV footage shows a man with dark hair, and dressed in a dark top and bottoms hurrying over and then leaving the dirty carrier just outside the front door of the store in Old Kent Road, just before 11.30am on Thursday, 8 June.

Despite the best efforts of RSPCA vets to save him, the dog was showing neurological signs and deteriorated even with treatment, so sadly was put to sleep to prevent him from suffering further.

The puppy was a Papillon type dog, cream in colour and thought to be around four to six months old.

After he was dumped he was taken into the store, which has a Vets4Pets, who tested him and found he was suffering from parvovirus. They contacted the RSPCA and an inspector attended.

Caroline Allen, RSPCA London Veterinary Director, said: “Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease with a high mortality rate among untreated dogs. Vets in London are warning of a new, more virulent strain. Parvovirus is prevented through regular vaccination, but unfortunately it is making a comeback due to lower levels of vaccination and the fact it is often seen in dogs from puppy farms.”

Inspector Callum Isitt, said: “It is really sad to think that someone has dumped this poor dying puppy, especially as he was clearly suffering so severely from parvo.

“Fortunately there were CCTV cameras in the area and we have been provided with the footage of the man dumping the carrier outside the front doors.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen this man in the vicinity, or who knows anything about this puppy or who is responsible for abandoning him. People cannot get away with just dumping a dying animal.

“Anyone with information can call me in complete confidence on our inspector’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).