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Cocker spaniel found in Hartlip with injuries comparable to being thrown from car says dog warden


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A dog warden was left 'speechless' after a cocker spaniel was found with injuries consistent with being thrown from a moving vehicle.

Beethoven was discovered in The Street, Hartlip, near Sittingbourne, on Saturday, unable to walk and not bearing any weight on three of his legs.

Beethoven the cocker spaniel has injuries comparable to those of being hit by, or being thrown out of a moving vehicle. Picture: @swalestraydogs
Beethoven the cocker spaniel has injuries comparable to those of being hit by, or being thrown out of a moving vehicle. Picture: @swalestraydogs

After being examined by Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital in Maidstone he made minimal improvement over the weekend.

As a result the KareBear kennels made the decision to take him for further investigation today.

Swale council's dog warden, Mel Herbert, said: "The X-rays have left us speechless.

"The vets have said the injuries are comparable to being hit by, or being thrown out of, a moving vehicle.

"He's got spinal damage, two fractures to his tibia and many other injuries which have been left to heal without treatment.

Beethoven has been left to suffer with his injuries. Picture: @swalestraydogs
Beethoven has been left to suffer with his injuries. Picture: @swalestraydogs

"The most shocking part? He hasn't sustained these injuries recently – he's just been left to suffer.

"Both ourselves and the kennels will be doing everything in our power to keep him comfortable until we have a clear path for his future."

Mel said she was called out at around 10.15am on Saturday after a couple walking their dog saw him lying by a wall, unable to move.

She said: "I wasn't able to get to the dog for an hour and a half. The couple stayed with him for 20 minutes but a woman nearby took Beethoven to her home to wait for me.

"He actually urinated and defecated on himself because he couldn't move.

Mel Herbert, 30, is Swale Borough Council's dog warden
Mel Herbert, 30, is Swale Borough Council's dog warden

"When I took him to the vets there was no indication that he was in any pain, but when the kennels called me today after seeing the damage on the X-rays at a Bobbing veterinary practice they were shocked."

Beethoven could not walk due to his spinal injuries and the vets explained that his lack of external wounds meant he must have had them for a while.

Mel continued: "They've aged him between 18 months and two-years-old.

"The whole situation is really horrible. He must be in so much pain but he's dealt with it for so long that he's become numb to it. There is no way he isn't in pain.

"But despite all that he is a very nice dog.

Beethoven the cocker spaniel was found in Hartlip. Picture: @swalestraydogs
Beethoven the cocker spaniel was found in Hartlip. Picture: @swalestraydogs

"Beethoven's tail was wagging the whole time. He was so lovely, no malice whatsoever – he deserves the help to get better."

The rescued pup's scans have now been sent to a specialist so Mel and the kennels are unsure of what is next for him, but a GoFundMe page could be created to help with his vet bills.

Beethoven has a microchip but it was not registered so it has not been possible to contact his owner.

If you would like to donate towards Beethoven's care, contact KareBear kennels day care and doggy holidays on Facebook here.

If anyone has any information on the owner of this dog, contact the Swale council dog warden on 01795 417850.

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