An abused and neglected dog was dumped at Neigh Bridge Country Park, near Ashton Keynes over the weekend
ANIMAL lovers are hunting for a woman who dumped a sick and dying dog in the Cotswold Water Park at the weekend.
The collie cross, named Jim by those who rescued him, was abandoned at Neigh Bridge Country Park on Saturday, September 28. He was taken to a Purton vet but was so ill he had to be put down.
Fisherman Matthew Williams watched the woman drive into the park in an old-style silver Vauxhall Corsa at about 12.30pm on Saturday to abandon the dog.
After she drove off he looked for help and found Karen Carter and Ian McCallum nearby who were walking their own dogs, Alice and Toby.
“Ian went to the shop in Ashton Keynes to buy some food as the dog just looked ravenous and was all skin and bones,” said Karen. “Someone else who came to help went home to get some towels and blankets.
“We tried to get him in our car but he was clearly very sore. In the end, we contacted a friend who had a dog cage and as soon as he got in, he curled up and went to sleep. It seemed like he was used to just being in a cage.
“He had such long claws and his fur was so mangy. We had to throw away all the blankets and towels he lay on as they were just riddled with fleas. It was horrific.”
Jim was taken to Purton Veterinary Surgery where he was put down due to an open cancerous tumour on his back leg and other injuries.
Karen said the staff at the vets were brilliant and showed a great deal of care and compassion but Jim’s illness had just gone too far.
“It’s shocking what this woman has done to this dog,” said Sue Herbert, Gloucestershire coordinator for website Dog Lost. “He was probably stuck in a shed and suffered months of abuse probably all its life. This woman needs to be accountable for her actions.
“She might have another dog at home suffering the same callous treatment.”
Jim’s profile on Dog Lost, a website aiming to reunite dogs with their owners, has already achieved almost 4,000 hits and is still growing. More than 50 outraged comments have been posted since the weekend with many saying they hope the woman is found so she can be made to pay for her actions.
The RSPCA was called to the scene but an inspector was not able to attend.
A spokesman from RSPCA said: “Our inspectors who cover the area were on an emergency call out and were unable to attend immediately, so tried to call the local authority emergency dog warden as well as a number of other local animal rescue organisations to see if they could get to the animal quicker than us, but sadly no-one else was able to attend at all.
“The inspector was on her way to pick up the dog when she received a message from the member of the public who said they had taken the animal to a vet themselves.
“If the woman is caught, she could be liable to up to six months in prison or a £20,000 fine.”
If anyone has any information about Jim or the woman who abandoned him they can call Dog Lost, on 0844 800 3220 or the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018. Information can be given confidentially and rewards are available for anyone giving useful information.