A 10-week-old Collie puppy, now named Faith, was found on 23 July wandering in Manchester Road, in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire. She is one of the far too many dogs who find themselves dumped over the summer months – but she has been luckier than many others, and her life did not end in a pound or under a car.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) Steve Wickham said, “Poor Faith was not in a good way when she was found. She was very lethargic, was covered in mange, was missing fur and had sores all over her body. She was also very unsteady on her feet and her stomach was swollen. It is hard to say at this stage how long she had been wandering the streets for, but it is very lucky that Faith was found when she was, as at only a few weeks old she would have been very vulnerable out on the streets by herself – anything could have happened to her.”
Faith, who is not chipped and was not wearing a collar, is now recovering at the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital. Hopefully, she’ll soon be ready for rehoming – and the RSPCA is appealing for information regarding how she came to be in the street. Anyone who does know anything can contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.
“Every year the RSPCA sees an increase in the number of young animals that come into our care at this time of year after unplanned pregnancies result in unwanted litters – which is why we always advise people to get their pets neutered,” Steve said.
“We also think it is very important for people to research thoroughly when they take on a new pet – whatever that animal may be they do need to research it, make sure it will suit their lifestyle and that they will be able to provide for it for the entirety of its life – however long that may be.”
Images by RSPCA.