The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dying puppy was handed in to a County Durham animal charity at the weekend.
The female Lurcher-type was taken to Stray Aid at around 3pm on Sunday (9 February) by two teenage boys who said they found her dumped at the side of the road on Cornforth Lane, just outside Ferryhill.
She was collapsed and non-responsive and sadly tested positive for parvo virus, so was put to sleep on veterinary advice.
RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Emma Stainthorpe said: “The weather was absolutely horrendous on Sunday when this poor puppy was found, collapsed and dying, just down the road from Stray Aid.
“She tested positive for Parvo – a nasty and highly contagious virus that attacks the intestines and is often fatal if untreated, particularly in puppies.
“She had adult incisors but the rest of her teeth were puppy teeth so she was estimated to be 16-18 weeks old.
“As she wasn’t microchipped we have no way of tracing her owner at the moment so we are appealing for anyone with any information about who she belonged to, to contact us.
“Please call the RSPCA Inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”
Stray Aid’s veterinary director Sue Bielby said: “We at Stray Aid are absolutely heartbroken, she was so ill that she was comatose and I had no alternative but to put her to sleep.
“Parvo is a terrible virus and any dogs who have come into contact with this puppy are at risk. It is extremely important that dog owners keep their dog’s vaccinations up to date to protect them. I just hope there aren’t any other dogs affected.
“If anyone knows anything about where this puppy came from please contact the RSPCA.”
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