Over the weekend, RSPCA Officer Horton responded to an emergency call in Leatherhead, Surrey, United Kingdom. A passerby had spotted a pregnant dog abandoned in a cage at a bus stop, and her head had been stuck between the bars.
According to Express, the terrified blue merle collie had to be freed with bolt cutters. Had someone not called in for help, pregnant “Lucy” as the dog has been named, would have continued to suffer in the bitter cold.
“I think it’s disgusting to abandon any pet, but to dump a pregnant dog is disgraceful,” Animal Collection Officer Louis Horton stated. “She must have been so frightened and confused. She was shivering from the cold weather, and when I tried to remove her from the hazardous crate, she was frozen with fear.”
Lucy had no collar or microchip. She was transferred to a veterinarian clinic where an ultrasound confirmed she is seven weeks pregnant and appears to be carrying at least two puppies. She will be cared for by the RSPCA along with her puppies when they are born.
An animal cruelty investigation has been launched. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA at 0300 123 8018.
(Photos of pregnant dog abandoned in cage RSPCA)
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