Six-week-old puppy with deformed paw dumped in box left in park

Six-week-old puppy with deformed paw dumped in box left in park

A six-week-old puppy with a deformed paw was found dumped in a box which was left in a park in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The pup, believed to be a Patterdale Terrier-type, was found in Cedar Park, in Queens Road, by a woman who heard a rustling noise coming from a box on Saturday (Nov 7).

She went to explore and found the cute pup sitting in the open cardboard box with no food or water. She took the male dog home and reported the matter to us.

Animal Rescuer, RSPCA Inspector Ryan King, is now investigating and is keen to trace the person responsible for abandoning the poor pet, who's now been named Keith.

He believes the puppy may have belonged to a breeder who dumped him because of his deformed paw which means he struggles to weight-bear on the leg.

To dump a helpless puppy in this way is callous

Ryan said:

The poor helpless puppy must have been terrified after he was left alone in unfamiliar territory and without his mum.

He had no food and water and if he was not found by this member of the public he could easily have died.

To dump a helpless puppy in this way is callous and cruel and I believe someone has bred a litter of pups and decided to abandon this one because they notice he had a deformed paw and decided they would not be able to make any money from him.

I'm hoping someone will know who this puppy belonged to and can provide me with that information.

Someone may have been to view a litter of puppies and may have seen this dog as he is quite distinctive. 

I would urge anyone with information to call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

He's such a sweet dog

Keith is now in foster care with Ryan's RSPCA colleague Inspector Jess Arajo and is doing well.

Ryan added:

"He's such a sweet dog he is adorable and he has settled well with Jess.

"We're not sure how he will be with his paw until he is older. He may be able to adapt to life with it or it may have to be amputated at some stage we don't know.

"I'm just so glad he is getting the love care he deserves after an awful start in his life."

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