Dogs subjected to cruelty and dumped - appeal

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 December 2012

Staff member Emma Symonds with Clifford the dog

Staff member Emma Symonds with Clifford the dog

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A RESCUE kennel has put out a heartfelt plea for owners to end animal cruelty after seeing a spate of dogs being dumped across the area - often with horrific injuries.

Christine King, of Whitehouse Kennels and Cattery in Lympsham, says the centre has seen an increase in the problem recently, with one dog called Clifford left with a seriously wounded leg that may need amputating, possibly after the animal was forced to fight another dog.

Another pet dog was dumped in a field in a box with three puppies, with one pup having a deformed jaw and another a hernia. All had severe worms.

A mum and her pups were recently abandoned in Hutton and was so ill she required a drip for two days.

One dog had to be put to sleep after developing pneumonia after she was dumped in the freezing cold overnight.

Ms King said: “It is really bad at the moment.

“Clifford had deep wounds all over his body and gouges on his legs, like a dog got hold of his leg and tried to dislocate it. He may need it amputated.

“Someone must have decided because he was useless in a fight, they would just dump him. If you choose to do this, and we find out you have done it, we and the RSPCA will pursue you.

“I know people are struggling but there is acceptable behaviour.

“I just don’t want people to do it any more. If people are in a desperate situation, there is help you can get, and you can find a more humane way.”

Whitehouse Kennels is primarily a dog and cat kennel business, but also looks after rescue dogs.

Ms King added that only about one third of rescue dogs at the kennels are never collected, and appealed for people to consider giving one of the animals a new lease of life.

To get in touch with the kennels to, call 01934 750352.

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