Published: 13:38, 25 November 2021
| Updated: 18:13, 25 November 2021
A stranded dog found wandering alone in a park has died after it was found to be riddled with tumours.
Daisy, a Collie cross, was discovered by Palm Bay resident Michelle Goodwin in Northdown Park in Cliftonville on Wednesday last week.
After a fruitless search for the owners – who have still not come forward – she had the pooch's microchip scanned by animal charity Cats in Crisis, but the details failed to throw up any helpful information.
Instead, while she continued the search, Ms Goodwin took Daisy into her own home and registered her as a foster dog with Mika's Mutts, a non-profit rescue organisation, which stepped in to help with vets costs.
Ms Goodwin said: "She was in a fairly good condition to look at and so I didn't think she was a stray.
"I found a lump in her stomach and took her to the vets to get it checked out and they discovered a tumour."
Sadly, when Daisy – which is thought to be her name from the scant details found – was put under anaesthetic and scanned in preparation for an operation, the vet found her lungs were full of tumours.
Ms Goodwin says there was nothing that could be done to help her and she was "left asleep".
After an appeal on Facebook, donations poured in to cover the £700 of treatment Daisy had received, which had been paid for by Mika's Mutts.
And Treasured Friends pet crematorium in Ramsgate cremated the pooch, with an employee paying for it out of her own pocket after being so moved by the lost dog's story.
Ms Goodwin says she is now on a quest for justice for Daisy, who she believes was left by owners not willing or able to pay for expensive treatment.
"She really was such a lovely dog," said Ms Goodwin.
"She was living with me after we found her and I would have had her back after her operation, but she never made it back.
"We've been trying to track down the owners but no one has come forward, although I've had messages from people with a couple of names.
"I just want this to go out so we can find them."