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Emaciated pup abandoned in cat carrier

Lulu, a sickly tiny three-month-old Pomeranian cross puppy, had to be euthanased after she was found abandoned in a cat carrier near Neasden in Brent. The staff of The Mayhew Animal Home, who looked after her, are now calling for pet owners with financial difficulties to get in touch with them if veterinary treatment is needed, before their pet's condition deteriorates beyond repair.

By the time she reached the Mayhew Animal Home Lulu was struggling to breathe, extremely thin and covered in faeces, leading the vet team to believe she had been left for dead.

Mayhew Vet, Dr Emily Richardson BSC MRCVS, said, “When Lulu was brought into us, she had difficulty breathing, and was emaciated and hypothermic. We began her care straight away and gave her intravenous fluids, warmed her up with a heated blanket and hand fed her food to help her get her strength back. We also provided her with oxygen therapy, pain relief and antibiotics to help her feel more relaxed and comfortable.”

Sadly, Lulu was so poorly that the decision had to be made to put her to sleep.

“Lulu was very unwell and her condition deteriorated during the day," Emily said. "We carried out chest X-rays and they showed that she had severe pneumonia, which is a very poor prognosis in puppies. Unfortunately we had to make the difficult decision to put Lulu to sleep due to the severity of her condition and the fact that she was suffering so much.

“Our number one priority is to do the absolute best for every animal that comes into our Community Vet Clinic at The Mayhew, and sadly the kindest thing for Lulu was to end her suffering, and put her to sleep.”

The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Manager, Zoe Edwards, said, “Unfortunately every year we see lots of sick pets being abandoned because their owner cannot afford treatment, and it is very likely that this was the case for Lulu. To let an animal get to such a neglected state like Lulu and not do anything before it’s too late is cruel and completely irresponsible. We cannot imagine the level of pain that poor Lulu must have been in and only wish that her owner had come to us or another animal welfare organisation first, before abandoning her in a carrier.

“We are devastated that Lulu got to such a bad state at such a young age, but hope that by sharing her story we can spread awareness to prevent this happening to more pets. We encourage people who are having problems taking their pet to the vet or affording treatment to get in contact with us first before the health and wellbeing of their animal deteriorates any further. No matter what the problem is, we do not judge anyone and are here to help the animal and prevent suffering.”

Images by The Mayhew Animal Home.