WRS Spaniel

A stray springer spaniel, picked up in Bromsgrove, was found to be in such an appalling condition that she has had to be put down.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) team of dog wardens took the neglected pet to the vets immediately where she was found to have a broken right leg from an old injury. The leg was infected and had large open wounds on it which she had chewed and licked. Because she couldn’t stand or put her weight on it her bladder and stomach had become compacted and blocked.

Her left eyeball was full of pus, and on inspection by the vet, had a large amount of pressure behind it and her coat was dirty and matted. After taking the professional opinion of two vets, officers decided she should be put out of her misery.

Dog warden Pip Singleton said: “This is sickening and I cannot even imagine how much pain this girl has been in and for how long. It was traumatic for us as a team to deal with this poor creature.

“People can be so heartless and I believe that these cruel owners couldn’t afford to pay the bills for her initial leg injury and left her to suffer. If they had contacted us earlier, we could have intervened and saved the dog’s life.”

Despite a campaign launched by the Dog Wardens which highlights the plights of cruelty they come across throughout the County, the number of strays seems to be on the increase. This is not only distressing for the animals but also costs the Council, and so taxpayers, money.

Pip added: “We have a duty of care to all the stray dogs but financially these irresponsible acts impact on the tax-payer – that’s you and I!

“The public need to work with us to stop these acts of cruelty by providing us with information about pets which we pick up and publicise.

“It may be the owners just need some help with financially and we can point them in the right direction to get help or that they can’t cope with their dog and we can find suitable charities for these dogs to go to instead of them continuing to be neglected and then dumped.

“We won’t judge, we just want to help.”

If you have any information regarding this dog, who was discovered at the end of last month, or if you have a dog you are no longer able to care for or afford, please ring the Worcestershire Regulatory Services Duty Officers on 01905 822799.