Left trapped in a rusty cage and covered in his own feces and urine, a black and white paralyzed dog had been abandoned along a quiet country road in Swanley, near Kent in the United Kingdom. When the RSPCA was called after a Good Samaritan found the dog on June 21, Inspector Ellen Thomas was both shocked and heartbroken as she realized the six-year-old spaniel was in a terrible state of neglect – and even worse the dog’s hind quarters were paralyzed.
According to the KentOnline, just a small bowl of water had been left in the cage; there was no food nor even a towel for the dog to rest comfortably.
“I picked him up and took him to the vet where it was confirmed the dog was paralyzed from the waist down. He had clearly been like this for some time,” Officer Thomas stated, “as he had pressure sores on his back legs and his hair had grown long through the pads of his back legs where they weren’t being used.”
No other descriptions except – just plain cruel- fits the way this dog was abandoned. Feces had been stuck to his rear where he could not properly defecate because of his paralysis. His legs were covered in urine. Perhaps what really makes this case even more heartbreaking was Officer Thomas’ reaction as she held the dog in her arms, who she said so desperately just wanted to be stroked and loved. Sadly, the dog was humanely euthanized.
And now the officer is committed to finding out why this dog was so badly treated and even why he was paralyzed. Was it because of an untreated injury?
“I want to find the owner of this dog and investigate not only why he was dumped and left to fend for himself on a dark country road, but also why he has been left in such a physical mess for such a long time,” Thomas added.
The RSPCA is asking for the public’s help identifying this dog and/or his owner. A witness stated he did see a car in the area, and after the car left, he went to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call 0300. 123.8018. Help this poor dog find some justice. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.
(Photos of paralyzed dog courtesy of RSPCA)
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