A tiny eight-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy has been rescued by the RSPCA, after being cruelly thrown onto a pile of rubbish.
Winnie, who was abandoned in a bin near Riverside Leisure Centre in Gloucester, was abandoned due to a leg deformity that left her struggling to walk. Sadly, she has congenital elbow dislocation, which means she will need to have her leg amputated before physiotherapy and hydrotherapy as she adjusts to life on three legs.
"Poor Winnie had been cruelly dumped in a bin like rubbish. It's utterly shocking. We believe she'd been abandoned due to a deformity to one of her front legs which caused her elbow to be fused at an angle, leaving her unable to walk," Haley Medlock, from the rescue centre, said.
"It may be that her owner was unable to afford the veterinary treatment she needed or, as a breeder, may have felt they wouldn't be able to sell her in such a state. Either way, to abandon her and leave her so helpless is completely unacceptable."
Winnie's abandonment comes as the RSPCA discovered that animal abandonment reports are up 24% this year, with a total of 8,087 made last year alone. The charity is now calling on anyone who has information about Winnie to contact their cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999.
"She's such a sweet, friendly pup, and we're hopeful that her future will be bright once she's had her operation. She should make a full recovery and live a very happy life with just three legs!"
We hope Winnie will find a loving new home soon.
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