RSPCA called to collect a dumped bulldog who was likely to have been dumped while still giving birth and needed emergency surgery
The RSPCA is caring for a sick bulldog who was dumped in an alleyway near to Florence Road, Finsbury Park, London on Sunday night (2nd).
The dog, who is thought to be aged between two and four years old, was covered from head to toe in her own faeces which left the RSPCA officer who collected her unable to tell what colour she was.
The dog also had a closed eye and a cut to a side of her face. She was left in a filthy wet crate wrapped in plastic, which had no bedding and was filled with faeces.
The dog, who has since been named Florence, was rushed to the RSPCA’s Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital, where she was given emergency treatment.
Vets found that her uterus, which had ruptured, had a dead puppy inside. This is a very serious and life threatening situation requiring emergency surgery. If Florence had not been found and provided with intensive treatment she would soon have died a horrible death.
A spokesperson for the hospital said: “Poor Florence has been through a heart-breaking ordeal, but despite it all she has still been friendly, even though she is so poorly.
“When she came into us we did an ultrasound that showed the presence of a dead foetus in her uterus.
“Sadly it is most likely she was having difficulty giving birth when she was abandoned.
“If she had been seen by a vet sooner they could have intervened and maybe helped and saved her pup. There was also a superficial wound on her face which has been treated. She is currently recovering on fluids and medications but is still in a serious condition.”
RSPCA animal welfare officer Nicola Thomas said: “I would like to thank the member of the public who contacted us after finding poor Florence in the alleyway. They kept her safe until I arrived to collect her.
“When I first picked her up she was covered from head to toe in faeces and smelled so awful. You couldn’t actually tell what colour she was meant to be.
“Dumping a dog for any reason is heartbreaking, but to think that this poor girl was so poorly and also in the midst of labour is just tragic.
“I really want to find the owner of this dog and would urge anyone who has any information or who may recognise her to contact the RSPCA immediately on our inspector’s appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.
“The long dark alleyway is extremely difficult to find and leads to a park area, so it could be that the person who dumped poor Florence could be local and knows the area. It is also clear that Florence has had numerous puppies in the past and was probably a breeding dog, so therefore if anyone thinks they have had a puppy from her we would also urge them to get in touch.
“Florence is very poorly but staff at the hospital are doing all they can to make her comfortable and we just hope she has the strength to pull through.”
Last year, the animal welfare charity’s 24-hour cruelty hotline received 55,821 calls over Christmas (1 December – 31 December). More than 8,000 animals spent Christmas in our care last year.
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