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Puppy left dangling in a handbag with legs tied together

An eight-week-old puppy found dumped with its legs tied together and left in a handbag dangling from a charity shop door "could easily have died", the RSPCA has said.

Radley, thought to be a border terrier cross, had his circulation cut off by a hairband tied around his legs, but is recovering after being spotted by a passer-by, the charity said.

The puppy was taken to the RSPCA's Putney Animal Hospital after being found in a red handbag hanging from the door of a shop on The Broadway, Greenford on Monday.

Normally dogs have to stay with their mother until they are eight weeks old, so he could have easily died in the cold if he hadn't been found.

We have come across similar cases but it's concerning to see how young the puppy was.

– RSPCA

Radley - who was abandoned with an unopened tin of dog food and a note stuck to the outside of the bag which read 'Found this puppy' - is in a fairly good condition except for some digestive problems, according to the animal welfare charity.

He's doing really well and is such a cutie. He's not available for rehoming yet and we're still running tests and checks on him, so he'll be with us a little longer yet.

– Caroline Allen, London veterinary director