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Abandoned dog Snoop suffering from severe anxiety

Credit: RSPCA

Millions of people around the world watched heartbreaking CCTV footage of a man abandoning his dog just days before Christmas.

While the investigation into his abandonment continues, Snoop is being cared for at an RSPCA centre in Shropshire.

Staff say they are giving him a lot of love, but that the pup is suffering from severe separation anxiety.

The Staffordshire bull terrier was dumped on the corner of Timor Grove and Pacific Road on 17 December.

In the footage, a man is seen leaving a dog-bed on the side of a road and unclipping his pup's lead.

The man runs back to his car and drives away, while the distressed dog chases after him.

Snoop was found sitting in the bed by a passer-by, who took him to the local vet.

Credit: RSPCA

“It is still early days for Snoop as what happened to him has caused him a lot of distress,” said RSPCA spokeswoman Rachel Butler.

“Staff who are caring for him have found that he has severe separation anxiety, which is no surprise after what happened to him, so they are working with him to try and alleviate this.

“At the moment he still isn’t available for rehoming while we work with him and continue to assess him. We know that so many people would love to offer him a home and we are grateful to everyone who has showed an interest in him."

Rachel added: “We know how much Snoop touched people’s hearts over Christmas so we wanted to let everyone know how he is doing. It is a long road ahead for Snoop and we know that people won’t be forgetting him in a hurry.

“Snoop is such a loveable character and enjoys being around people. He just loves getting close to people, sitting between their legs and having cuddles, and is certainly enjoying lots of love and affection from our staff.

“As the investigation into Snoop’s abandonment is ongoing, we are unfortunately unable to comment further on this aspect.”