A dog that was found tied up and abandoned in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Christmas Eve has been given some festive cheer after being taken in by the RSPCA.
Staffy cross 'Joseph', as he has been nicknamed by the staff at the RSPCA’s Felledge Animal Centre, was cold and nervous when he was found tied to a lamppost on Benfield Road at around 9pm.
Joseph is now being cared for at the RSPCA centre, near Chester-le-Street, after he was taken there by inspector Suzanne Edgar.
Staff treated the brindle bull terrier to Christmas lunch, after he was left with nothing but his collar and lead.
When the caller found him he was very understandably nervous, but he’s very friendly.
It wasn’t raining but, being Newcastle, it was very cold. It was very windy and the temperature was down to around two degrees.
An RSPCA animal collection officer took him to a vet where he spent the night, before I took him to Felledge Animal Centre on Christmas Day.
There are some shops near to where he was found and the person who spotted Joseph made enquiries at those, as well as the nearby pub and off-licence, but nobody knew anything about him.
Someone has presumably tied him to the lamppost on purpose and either dumped him, or they simply forgot about him.
It is so sad to think of a dog being abandoned at any time of year, but especially at Christmas when most people are enjoying themselves with their friends, family and pets.
I’m just so grateful to the person who found him and called us because otherwise Joseph could have been left out all night. Thankfully the staff at Felledge have made sure he’s been given plenty of Christmas treats.”
Joseph was not microchipped and has no form of identification on his collar, but is in reasonable health. He is thought to be about five-years-old.
Anyone with any information about who Jospeh belongs to or who left him can contact inspector Edgar by calling the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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