King Charles spaniel Charlie dumped with rotting teeth in Canterbury woodland
Charlie the King Charles spaniel was found with
rotting teeth and a heart condition in Canterbury
by Alex Claridge
A dog found abandoned and tied to a tree in Canterbury
woodland had rotting teeth and a heart condition.
King Charles spaniel Charlie was discovered dumped in Blean
Woods and also had matted hair which had been allowed to grow
out of control.
The eight-year-old was taken to Companion Care vets, in
Wincheap, where staff believe his condition had been allowed to
develop while he was living with someone.
He was microchipped, but the family whose telephone number
appeared on the chip deny he belongs to them.
Companion Care is now looking for Charlie's rightful owner or to
find him a new home.
Veterinary nurse Shelly Thorne said: "It's difficult to say how
long he was there and we don't really know what happened.
"He wasn't emaciated, but his teeth were rotten and his hair had
become matted, plus he has a heart condition.
"It's amazing that someone could allow this to happen to a
Staff at the vets have cut his hair and removed all his rotting
teeth as they try to nurse him back to health.
Shelly added: "The people whose number appeared on the microchip
denied any knowledge of owning Charlie, so it's a case of hopefully
finding whoever does own him.
"Failing that, we are trying to find him a new home."
Last year, the RSPCA reported there were 65% more abandoned pets
in 2011 than in 2007 - mostly due to people not being able to
afford to keep them.
The charity says it receives 25,000 phone calls a week about
abandoned pets and the recession is to blame for the increase
in its work.
A dog that lives 12 years will cost its owner almost
£10,000 in food, insurance, kennelling, vaccinations and visits to
vets because of illness.
If you know anything about Charlie or are interested in finding
him a home call Companion Care on 01227 812884.
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