By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 27 December 2013 Updated: 27/12 12:02
THIS is the tiny puppy abandoned and left to die in a borough park just days before Christmas.
The eight-week-old Staffie cross, named Jingles by her rescuers, would not have survived had she not been found in a cardboard box by a dog walker at Morton Stanley.
Now living with a foster family over the festive period and set to be rehomed in the New Year by the Happy Staffie Rescue, Jingles is one of an increasing number of dogs being abandoned or mistreated according to dog wardens.
Pip Singleton, warden and animal welfare officer for Worcestershire Regulatory Services said those who had dumped the puppy were ‘totally and utterly heartless, cruel and irresponsible’.
Speaking to the Standard, she said Jingles would not have lived overnight had she not been found due to a combination of not having food and water and the likelihood of hypothermia.
Instead of the normal bouncy and bubbly behaviour they would expect from such a small dog, vets who cared for her found she had mange, was quite quiet and just wanted to be cuddled all the time.
“There is no reason to dump dogs. We have a handover service and can help find a new home or give support if people have got dogs they can’t keep or can’t afford,” she said.
“We are supposed to be a society of animal lovers but we are certainly not this year. All of the figures are up with welfare, with stray dogs and with cruelty cases.”
As well as picking up more stray dogs, the wardens have also seen a huge increase in residents not getting their dogs vaccinated - with 12 cases of parvo compared to the annual average of between one and three.
Cases of elderly dogs being abandoned to make way for a new puppy are also on the rise and cases of Staffies or similar breeds being dumped have trebled in 2013.
“If you can’t afford to look after a dog or no longer wish to keep them and are considering dumping them, please don’t. Pick up the phone and we will do everything we can to try and help.”
To contact the dog wardens call 01527 881395.
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