The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was dumped in a layby on the A693 near Oxhill Stanley, County Durham.IMGP0052.JPG


The RSPCA received a call today to our emergency line (09/09/2017) regarding a dog tied to a public footpath sign near to the layby along the A693, Oxhill.

An officer attended, but discovered the dog had been removed by a vet staff member who was passing the location and stopped after they saw people around the dog, who it appears had gone there to help  after reading reports of the dog’s abandonment on social media.

The vet staff contacted the RSPCA and the dog is now in our care.

The dog is a female Shar Pei, around three years old, she’s extremely poorly and has fur loss around her face and back legs, she has discharge from her eyes and early tests show, she is also suffering from a heart murmur.

Further tests are required on the dog, but at this stage she is too poorly to undergo them, and so she has been put into a quiet isolation unit where she can rest.

She was not microchipped.

RSPCA Inspector Helen Nedley said: “This poor little girl was found in an extremely poor condition and it is heart-breaking to think that she has most likely been dumped because she is ill.

“She’s very sick and at the moment we are just keeping her comfortable and warm, in the hope that she starts to improve.

“We are certain that someone may know who owns her, and we would urge anyone with information to contact  the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018, all calls will be treated in confidence.

“The area in which she was left is by a  busy main road, so if anyone saw the dog being left at the location or has any information we would urge them to get in touch too.

“We are really grateful to everyone who has shown concern and helped this poor dog, and I just hope we can find the person responsible for leaving her alone in this layby.”

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