The RSPCA is appealing for information after a puppy was abandoned in pub car park on Christmas Eve.
Buddy – who’s been named after the Christmas elf by the inspector who rescued him – was found in a black material pet carrier in a dark corner of the car park at the back of The Welcome Inn in Hollins Road, Oldham at around 6.20pm.
RSPCA Inspector Nichola Waterworth said: “The landlord and landlady found him when they moved their car. They phoned us and took him into the pub where some of their cu
stomers kindly kept hold of him until I arrived to collect him.
“The landlord checked the CCTV but it didn’t cover the corner where he was found so we’re appealing to anyone who recognises him to get in touch.
“He is microchipped, but the details are with a company called Smart Chip and they appear to be closed for Christmas. We’ve tried calling them but just get an automated message so we’ve been unable to track any owners yet.
“There could be so many things that could have resulted in him being found in the car park; maybe someone did abandon him on purpose, or maybe he was stolen and then abandoned.
“I find it very hard to believe someone has maliciously abandoned this gorgeous little boy, but you never know; this job is always surprising me.
“Sadly the RSPCA deals with thousands of abandoned animals every year. That’s why we always urge people to do lots of homework before taking on a pet so they understand the commitment and responsibility involved in caring for an animal.”
Buddy is now spending Christmas with an RSPCA foster carer after being checked by a vet at an RSPCA centre after his unexpected ordeal.
The animal welfare charity is appealing for information about how little Buddy came to be abandoned and urges anyone with information about where he came from, or who dumped him, to get in touch by calling 0300 123 8018
Anyone who is concerned for the welfare of an animal should call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999 for help and advice.
The RSPCA receives around 2,000 calls every day during the winter months and is expecting to rescue around 19,000 animals over the festive period. To help the charity rescue, rehabilitate and rehome more animals like Elfie, please support the Kindness at Christmas campaign and donate by visiting: www.rspca.org.uk/winterappeal.