A tiny eight-week-old puppy has been discarded like rubbish, it’s thought, due to a leg deformity that leaves her struggling to walk.
Winnie the pup was found in a bin by a member of the public near Riverside Leisure Centre, off Westgate Street, in Gloucester on 28 August.
RSPCA Animal Rescue Officer Freya Lamb said: ‘A passerby saw someone get out of a white van and chuck, what they initially thought was a plastic bag, onto a pile of rubbish that had been left like a bin by the gate to Westgate Park.
‘When they went to investigate they realised it was a little puppy who had been cruelly thrown onto the pile of rubbish.
‘They took her straight to a local vet who contacted us for help.’
The sweet little girl was taken to the charity’s Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home, in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, where she’s now getting round-the-clock care from staff member and fosterer Ebony Poole.
The team strongly suspect that Winnie was abandoned so cruelly because of a deformity in one of her front legs.
Haley Medlock, who works at the rescue centre, said: ‘Poor Winnie had been cruelly dumped in a bin like rubbish. It’s utterly shocking.
‘We believe she’d been abandoned due to a deformity to one of her front legs which caused her elbow to be fused at an angle, leaving her unable to walk.
‘It may be that her owner was unable to afford the veterinary treatment she needed or, as a breeder, may have felt they wouldn’t be able to sell her in such a state.
‘Either way, to abandon her and leave her so helpless is completely unacceptable.’
Sadly, Winnie’s leg problems aren’t her only health issues – the poor girl has also been suffering from seizures that vets must still find the cause of.
Despite her health problems and troubled past, Winnie is an absolute sweetheart.
Ebony said: ‘When she came in, Winnie’s leg was noticeably twisted. I instantly fell in love with her and knew I wanted to offer her a loving foster home to support her through her treatment.
‘Unfortunately, Winnie has also suffered two seizures. This will now also need to be investigated. She is my biggest concern at the moment, and I’m hopeful that the public will help us care for Winnie and erase the neglect she has already suffered at the tender age of just eight weeks.
‘She is such a fun-loving girl. She loves her playtime and will curl up on my lap for a good nap afterwards.’
Winnie’s medical costs are already adding up, and she needs more surgery.
Haley said: ‘Winnie has congenital elbow dislocation with fusion meaning she will need to have her leg amputated before physiotherapy and hydrotherapy as she adjusts to life on three legs.
‘As she’s still so small and vulnerable, we’ll have to wait another 15 weeks until she’s strong enough for the surgery.
‘For now, we’re managing her discomfort and giving her all of the TLC she needs. She’s loving her time with Ebony and is already learning new tricks. She’s such a sweet, friendly pup, and we’re hopeful that her future will be bright once she’s had her operation.
‘She should make a full recovery and live a very happy life with just three legs!’
Winnie’s x-rays and care have cost hundreds of pounds, and her operation is expected to cost around £1,500, with even more needed for her physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
As such, the team is now appealing to the public to help them fund Winnie’s treatments and recovery.
Haley said: ‘We’d be incredibly grateful to anyone who can make a donation to help with the costs of Winnie’s care.
‘Or you could even become a sponsor and support Winnie during her time with us by making regular donations.’
The RSPCA is also appealing for anyone with information about where Winnie may have come from, who is responsible for abandoning her or who saw anything in the area on 28 August to contact the charity’s cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999.
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