Abandoned dog found shivering in the rain

Abandoned dog found shivering in the rain

We're investigating after a little dog was left tied to a lamp post in Surrey. The Jack Russell terrier cross Corgi was found abandoned in an alleyway in Chertsey on 13 December.

Scooby the terrier © RSPCA

Our inspector Mike Beaman, who responded to the call, said:

"A member of the public had found the little tan and white dog tied up to a lamp post down an alleyway when he was walking his own dog at around 2pm. When he passed again, around five hours later, the little dog was still there, wearing a harness and attached with a metal chain. It was raining, cold and the poor little dog was shivering so he untied him and took him home before calling us."

Mike took the terrier to our Millbrook Animal Centre, in Chobham, where he was warmed up, dried off and fed. He isn't microchipped and had no ID tag on. Now named Scooby, he'll remain in our care while the investigation is ongoing.

Mike said:

We understand that times are tough and there may be families whose circumstances have changed and they find themselves struggling to take care of their pets. But it's never acceptable to abandon an animal in this way and we'd always encourage people to ask for help instead. 

He added:

"If anyone recognises Scooby or saw him being abandoned in the area on 3 December, please call our inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018."

If no one comes forward to claim Scooby then he'll be rehomed once he's been behaviourally assessed and staff feel he's healthy and happy enough to start a new life with a new family.

Millbrook deputy manager Liz Wood said:

Scooby is a little sweetie and is very playful and fun-loving. He does have some challenging behavioural traits which may be why he's been dumped in the first place. But he is slowly beginning to trust some of us and making friends, and we're starting to see a change in his demeanour. We'll be working hard with him over Christmas so that, hopefully, he'll be ready for a new home in the New Year.