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Terrified puppy abandoned and left tied to tree

The RSPCA is appealing after a terrified young puppy was left tied to a tree and surrounded by mud.

The five-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross, who has now been called Heidi, was spotted by a group of people as they were walking their dog in Creech St Michael.

The group spotted a young man running away down the canal path, and shortly after heard the sound of a distressed dog and went to investigate.

Heidi was left terrified as she was abandoned and tied to a tree at dawn Credit: RSPCA

It was just coming light at the canal when these people saw what looked like a young man in his twenties running away down the canal path. He was wearing jeans and trainers. He may not be the owner of the dog but we would really like to speak to this man in case he might have seen anything that could be of use to our investigation.

Poor Heidi was clearly scared and had no idea what was happening to her. We are just thankful that she was found quickly and is now safe in our care.

– Jo Daniel, RSPCA Inspector

They found the abandoned pooch near 20-acre field at around 7.30am on January 15.

Underweight and frightened Heidi was taken to the RSPCA’s West Hatch animal centre where she was given shelter.

The RSPCA have now launched an investigation into the incident.

There are many options available to people who may be struggling with their unwanted pets and tying a young puppy to a tree without a thought of what could have happened to her as a result is an unacceptable and rather callous act.

The lead Heidi was tied up with is quite distinctive and we are appealing to anyone who may recognise the lead, her, or may have any more information about how she came to be tied to that tree.

– Jo Daniel, RSPCA Inspector


Have you seen missing puppy Sooty?

Police are appealing for information about a missing 10-week-old Shih Tzu puppy in Bridgwater.

The female puppy, called Sooty, is believed to have escaped from its owner’s home in the Turner Road area of the town on Friday 13 November.

A witness has said they found the puppy near Old Taunton Road between 9.30am and 10am the same day, but gave it to two men walking with a whippet-type dog to look after until the owner could be traced.

The puppy has not been handed into the police, any local vets or the RSPCA.

Sooty isn’t micro-chipped but has a distinctive birth defect – her ribs are not in alignment and stick out more at the back.

Could this video find a home for an abandoned dog?

Murdoch has a GoPro fitted in a bid to show off his many talents Credit: GRWE

An animal charity says there's a been a significant drop in the number of homes they've been able to find for stray dogs.

They're so desperate to find an owner for one of their charges that they've made a video about him.

Murdoch the lurcher was abandoned as a puppy. He has now been looked after by the charity near Bath for a year. But despite his loveable ways, no-one has taken him in.

You can find out more about the charity, Greyhound Rescue West of England, here.

And you can watch the video here:

Depressed rescue dog may have finally found a new home

Jasper was sometimes too depressed to get out of bed Credit: ITV News

Last week we told viewers about Jasper the depressed rescue dog.

He's been without a permanent home for so long that sometimes he's too depressed to get out of bed.

Since we featured Jasper on our programme, staff at his animal rehoming centre near Chard say they've had nearly 600 enquiries about taking him in.

The Springer Spaniel has been at the centre for six months but will hopefully now have a new owner very soon.

Credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Meet Murdoch, the dog who's desperate for a home

Murdoch has been at the rescue centre for 12 months Credit: Greyhound Rescue WoE

Staff at a greyhound rescue charity near Bath say they desperately need a home for one their most loved dogs.

Murdoch, a three year old lurcher, was found abandoned as a puppy.

He's been at the centre for 12 months, but no one has taken him in.

The charity says there's been a significant drop in the amount of dogs being re-homed.


Stolen puppy returned to Bristol Dogs and Cats Home

Five month old Fox has been returned safe and sound Credit: ITV News

Fox, a five month old Chihuahua cross puppy who was taken from Bristol Dogs and Cats Home during the early hours of Sunday, 20 September has been returned to the centre.

Staff believe her safe return is down to the power of Social Media.

Thank you to everyone who has made little Fox too hot to handle! All 705,000 of you who have viewed her post, all 17,000 of you who have shared it and all 2000 of you who have commented on out page alone.


She has been returned to us and is not harmed. We cannot give anymore details at present as this is still a police matter. But thank you so so much for all you support through these very difficult few days.

The power of social media wins again.

– RSPCA Bristol on Facebook

Tiny puppy stolen from Bristol Dogs and Cats Home

Fox the chihuahua cross puppy has been stolen from Bristol Dogs and Cats Home Credit: RSPCA Bristol

A five month old Chihuahua cross puppy has been stolen from Bristol Dogs and Cats Home during the early hours of Sunday, 20 September.

Staff at the Bristol rescue centre feared the young female dog, named Fox, may have been stolen to be used for breeding, although she has only just been spayed.

Fox was stolen during the night and police are investigating.

Jodie Hayward, the centre’s manager said that, despite the charity being staffed 24/7 the robbery had been a highly skilled operation. She said they used professional tools and knew which kennel she was in.

The centre is concerned that Fox's operation wound could become infected Credit: RSPCA Bristol

It is sickening to think that these heartless people have planned this operation so carefully, and now one of our special dogs has been stolen and we are terrified for her safety.

We have done everything possible to prevent this from ever happening, but as you will all know, no place, property or area is ever completely safe from these criminals.

Please share this story far and wide, she could be anywhere by now

– Jodie Hayward, Bristol Dogs and Cats Home

If anybody has any information about where Fox could be, they can contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101 quoting reference 318 of 20 September 2015.

Can Shaun the Sheep find a home for Anne the Dog?

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home has taken one of their homeless dogs on an extra special long walk to try to get her adopted.

Staffordshire bull terrier Anne has been with the charity for the last eight months. So they've taken the three year-old to visit all 70 of the Shaun in the City sculptures around Bristol to help her find a "forever home."

We sent our "lead" correspondent Matthias Kurth to find out more.

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