An abandoned dog has been found roaming the streets of north-west London wearing a T-shirt in almost 30-degree weather.
The three-year-old, named Fizz, was discovered by a member of the public at Roundwood Park, Brent, wearing a pink dog T-shirt and a collar with no tag. She was terrified, thin and losing fur on her body. Her skin had become sore and there were scabs on her chest and tummy. She was brought into animal welfare charity Mayhew for help.
Mayhew’s Head of Kennels, Janet Nobbs, said, “There are many risks and dangers for an animal roaming the streets on their own, whatever the weather, but it was almost 30 degrees that day, and when I took off Fizz’s T-shirt I could feel the heat coming off her body.
“She was thin and losing the fur on her rib cage, all the way down her back legs and her tail. There were scabs on her chest and tummy where the skin had become really sore and her front legs were pretty much bald.
“Although she was very timid, she seemed happy to be picked up. I could tell she was grateful to finally be safe and she knew we were here to help her.”
Fizz, a mixed breed, wasn’t microchipped so there was no way of contacting or identifying her owner and staff at Mayhew suspect she was abandoned.
Head of Kennels, Janet Nobbs, added, “We strongly advise all pet owners to have their animal microchipped to significantly increase your chances of being reunited should the unthinkable happen and your pet becomes lost or is stolen.”
Fizz was given a thorough health check by the Mayhew vet team at their on-site Community Vet Clinic. She needed medicated baths twice a week and a cream to soothe her sore skin.
Head of Kennels, Janet Nobbs, said, “After a week with us, Fizz began to look a lot better. She was gradually feeling more comfortable eating as she got to know us, her skin was healing nicely and her fur was starting to grow back.
“Our amazing team of staff, students and volunteers assessed Fizz and provided her with everything she needed to get her ready for her forever home. This is the same care and attention we provide for every single one of the 60-plus animals that come through Mayhew’s doors each month.”
As soon as she was fully vaccinated and neutered, Fizz found a new forever home.