A woman passing by a High Street charity shop in London noticed a big handbag tied haphazardly to the door. The abandoned red bag might not have been a usual sight, but the real shock came only after she looked inside it – and found a tiny puppy stuffed in it, scared and confused. The puppy, a sweet fair-furred terrier, was abandoned on September 17th, most likely around 2 a.m. The poor animal had a hairband wrapped around his two front legs and was sharing the handbag with a tin of dog food, while a note was stuck to the outside: “Found this dog.”
The eight-week-old puppy, believed to be a Border terrier mix, has been taken over by animal carers who named him Radley, after one of the U.K.’s leading handbag brands which also uses a dog as its motif, Express.co.uk reports. Radley is now at the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital where he is being treated for circulation damage caused by binding his legs together with a hairband.
According to the veterinary staff, Radley is, fortunately, recovering well – and he is melting the hearts of everyone he meets.
The discovery of the puppy was shared by the RSPCA which is now investigating the case. “Poor little Radley must have been very stressed and frightened being stuffed into that handbag and abandoned in the middle of the night,” said RSPCA Inspector Phil Norman. “The hairband would also have caused him some pain and restricted his movement, adding to his distress. There’s absolutely no excuse for leaving a young, vulnerable puppy like this in such awful circumstances and Radley is lucky he wasn’t more seriously injured.”
Little Radley is not up for adoption yet, as he is still undergoing necessary tests and checks and will need to stay at the RSPCA a little longer. Although his carers know that Radley is going to be a popular pup among potential adopters, they ask not to call the hospital about him. Once he is ready for the next step, he will be rehomed via one of the organization’s animal centers.
RSPCA animal cruelty investigators have been checking CCTV cameras near the charity shop to find the person responsible for abandoning the dog. The investigators also appeal for witnesses. Anyone who has any information, saw anything suspicious in the area at the time Radley was abandoned, or recognize the puppy is urged to contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
The way in which Radley was abandoned is unacceptable and could have resulted in much more serious damage than the injuries he ended up sustaining. Click here to sign a Care2 petition supporting the London Police in their work to identify the person responsible for dumping the dog and bring them to justice.
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