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Heavily pregnant dog dumped in a box in Surrey

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Heavily pregnant dog dumped in a box in Surrey

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:36pm 6th July 2020.

A heavily pregnant dog that was abandoned in a box in Surrey is now under the care of the RSPCA. 

The Jack Russel who has since been nicknamed Penny was discovered on 26 June in a box under a bush in a field behind Bagshot Road in Chobham.

She was rushed to nearby RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre.

Millbrook's deputy manager, Liz Wood said they were extremely worried about Penny when they saw her condition:

"She looked gravely ill and was hardly responding to us.

"We rushed her to a veterinary surgery where they discovered she was covered in fleas and maggots, was dehydrated and had critically low blood glucose levels.

"The vet team put her straight on a drip to get vital fluids into her little body.

"A scan showed Penny was carrying six puppies. Just a day after she was rescued, she gave birth, but very sadly none of the puppies survived.

"Had she been taken care of properly all of her puppies may well have survived.

"Thank goodness Penny was found when she was, otherwise she too may not have pulled through."

heavily pregnant dog Penny abandoned in a box in Surrey

Penny will remain in the care of the RSPCA until she is ready to go to a new loving new home.

The RSPCA are sharing Penny's story as they prepare for a summer surge in abandonments. 

Between June and August 2019, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which makes up 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year, in Surrey, there were 146 reports made about dumped animals in the summer. 

The RSPCA is braced for an even bigger impact this summer following the easing of lockdown and the financial impact on the coronavirus pandemic. 

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said it is one of the toughest years yet for the charity:

“During lockdown we’ve seen pets become a source of comfort and support for people and it appears many people have taken on new animals.

"Fortunately during this time we’ve dealt with fewer abandoned pets however we are worried that as lockdown eases, people return to work, go on holidays or struggle financially we will be facing a massive surge of animal abandonments.

“Sadly summer tends to bring with it a surge in abandoned animals.

"We don’t know why but  it may be a combination of the warmer weather making people feel less guilty about dumping a pet to fend for themselves and people doing away on holiday abandoning pets instead of arranging care for them.

"Despite the huge challenges, our amazing teams have been continuing to rescue animals throughout this crisis. 

“I’d urge anyone struggling with their pet to ask for help.

"Animals have been there to help us through the crisis, please don’t abandon them now.”