Published: 16:59, 20 January 2021
| Updated: 18:24, 20 January 2021
An underweight dog was found dumped outside an RSPCA centre tied to a fence in cold and wet weather sparking an investigation to be launched.
A kind-hearted member of the public rescued the abandoned pooch from Walderslade Road, outside the RSPCA Medway West Branch centre which was closed at the time.
George, a cross-breed, was found at around 4pm on Friday, January, 8, and taken to the vet to be checked over.
He was cared for by staff at the vets who examined him and advised he was underweight and suffering from a severe flea allergy, which is now being treated.
The three-year-old dog was not microchipped and is now in RSPCA care.
RSPCA Inspector Kirsten Ormerod said: “We are so grateful to the member of the public who found poor George and went above and beyond to ensure he was taken to a safe place.
“Despite his terrible ordeal, everyone who has been around George has fallen in love with him and said he is just the sweetest friendliest dog who loves a cuddle, and we are thankful to staff at the vets for caring for him.
“I am investigating why George was left and I am keen to find the person who owned him, or if anyone may have seen anyone in the area at the time he was found.
“We know that this is a particularly challenging time, and people’s circumstances can change which may mean they can no longer care for their pets, but abandoning them is never the answer.
“There is no guarantee that an abandoned animal will be found or not become hurt or lost.
“We would always urge people who are struggling to please reach out to friends, family and charities like ourselves.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Inspector Ormerod by calling the inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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