A dog which was subjected to a horrifying act of neglect and cruelty when he was thrown over a six foot fence on to concrete and left for dead has made a great recovery, RSPCA bosses have said.
The whippet was found outside Longview Animal Centre, Marton, severely malnourished, freezing cold and suffering with a virus after it was dumped overnight.
The dog’s startling story has been highlighted by RSPCA bosses this week as one of the 29,770 cases dealt with by the charity in England and Wales so far this year, as it prepares for tens of thousands more calls to animals in need this winter.
With their help, the dog, now renamed Finn, has been rehomed and is “happy and very friendly”, living in Blackpool, with two other dogs for company.
Martyn Tetchener, branch manager of the centre, who first found Finn and fostered him before he was rehomed, said: “Finn has done really well, he’s a lucky dog.
“He had a bacterial infection and was on a drip for three days, if we hadn’t have got him on the drip at that point we might have lost him.
“I thought he’d died when I first found him, but stroking him a little brought him round.
“I’m still confused why people would allow that to happen to an animal.”
Finn’s vet treatment and care from the RSPCA left the charity with a bill running into hundreds of pounds, while had his owners appealed to them for help sooner his treatment would have cost only around £100, bosses have said.
Mr Tetchener added: “His was one of the saddest and most shocking cases I’ve seen in my time here.
“Thankfully, he’s loving his life now.”
The RSPCA is using Finn’s story and that of other abandoned dogs – including a starving Staffordshire bull terrier found starving on a sports field in Bury and a suitcase full of dead puppies dumped in Sunderland – to highlight the suffering of abandoned dogs.
RSPCA superintendent Martin Marsh said: “Even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don’t care about their pets at all. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish,
“Worse still, holidays like Christmas can lead to an increase in abandonments as some people choose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday.
“Money may be spent on holidays and Christmas presents rather than seeking vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are dumped.
“It’s bad enough when we find a box of kittens wrapped in blankets on our doorstep with a note, but now people are deliberately dumping their animals in out of the way places – like bins, skips or on waste ground – and leaving them to an unknown fate.”