The RSPCA is investigating after a “skinny, sick puppy” was left on the doorstep of a veterinary surgery in London.
RSPCA animal rescue officer Caitlin Farrant was called by staff at the clinic on Friday 18 June after a man left the three-month-old whippet puppy with staff on the doorstep. The puppy wasn’t microchipped, wasn’t wearing a collar and ID tag, and wasn’t registered with the vet practice.
Caitlin said, “At around 10.15am-10.30am a man who staff describe as caucasian, English and medium build, around 5’10’’-6’ tall and aged in his 40s or 50s arrived at the Zasman Vets in Crouch End.
“He handed the puppy over to a veterinary nurse at the door and said he had to pop back to his car to get a mask but never returned. “
“The puppy was inside a metal crate and was very skinny and dehydrated. Vets carried out a check-up and ran multiple tests on the weak little whippet and found he was suffering from parvovirus and hemorrhagic diarrhoea.”
Parvovirus is an infectious and often deadly disease; it cannot be cured, and the only option is to treat symptoms until the dog either pulls through – or doesn’t. As the poor puppy’s chances were not good and he was suffering, the staff made the decision to put him to sleep.
Caitlin said, “This poor little baby was incredibly sick and vets felt his recovery was unlikely, so they made the heartbreaking decision to put him to sleep to prevent any further suffering and then contacted us to report the incident
“We believe the man who left him at the surgery was his owner and we’d like to speak to him about how the puppy came to be so ill.
Anyone who recognises this pup or who thinks they know someone who matches the description should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.