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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.
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.
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.