PARSON DROVE: RSPCA launch appeal after Stig the Puppy's found dumped
PUBLISHED: 16:19 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a 12-week-old puppy was found dumped in rubbish in Parson Drove. The lurcher pup, named Stig by staff at the Society s Block Fen Animal Centre in Wimblington, was found by refuse collectors on Saturday. He had
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a 12-week-old puppy was found dumped in rubbish in Parson Drove.
The lurcher pup, named Stig by staff at the Society's Block Fen Animal Centre in Wimblington, was found by refuse collectors on Saturday.
He had been left near to bins in John Bends Way, Parson Drove. He was very cold, underweight and frightened.
A resident took Stig to Block Fen where the centre vet discovered he also had a broken tail, although there is no way of knowing whether the injury had been caused deliberately or accidentally.
Stig is now making a good recovery and getting used to his surroundings at the animal centre.
Block Fen's deputy manager Jackie Williams said: "We don't get too many abandoned animals just after Christmas, although December is a busy time for us.
"However, to leave a small dog in rubbish, especially in the extremely cold weather, is completely irresponsible when there are organisations like the RSPCA who can help.
"Stig is now a noisy, playful puppy and we're sure we will find a new home for him."
RSPCA figures show that the number of dogs abandoned during December in England and Wales increased from 1,067 in 2007 to 1,175 in 2008.
However, the total number of animals abandoned in the Eastern region during December showed a slight decrease from 314 in 2007, to 288 in 2008.
Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to animals could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 1234 999. To find out how to rehome Stig, or another animal from Block Fen, please call 0300 123 0726.
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