Starving dog left alone in the garden whilst owner was on holiday has found forever home

Star was left starving and in desperate need of extensive dental work. Credit: RSPCA

A King Charles Spaniel who was abandoned at a property with two other dogs when their owner went on holiday is now loving life in his forever home in Nottinghamshire.

Star, the 10-year-old spaniel, was rescued by the RSPCA after the dogs were found in the back garden of a property without food and suffering from poor health.

The owner had gone away on holiday without providing any care for their dogs, and leaving their health conditions untreated.

They only had access to an outbuilding via a small cat flap but this was full of discarded items and junk.

The dogs were left in the garden with lots of discarded junk. Credit: RSPCA

They were all rescued by the RSPCA and rehomed from RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottingham.

Star’s owner, 88-year-old Betty Lipman from Redhill in Nottinghamshire fell in love with him as soon as she laid eyes on him at the centre.

We fell in love with him as soon as we saw him and he’d been waiting quite a while to find a home. I think his ordeal has had an impact on him as even now he is still quite a nervous dog. When we’re out on walks he always checks behind him to make sure we’re still there and he’s very bonded to us.

Betty Lipman, Star's owner
Betty Lipman and Star. Credit: RSPCA

The summer is the busiest time for the RSPCA and the animal welfare charity sees a huge peak in the number of reports about dumped animals in the summer months.


Abandoned animals reported to RSPCA in Nottinghamshire in 2018.


Abandoned animals reported to RSPCA across England and Wales.

RSPCA Centre Newbrook Farm, Frankley Birmingham. Credit: PA

What can I do if I'm struggling to look after my pet? The RSPCA offers this advice:

  • Ask friends and family for help.

  • If you're going on holiday and there is no one around to care for your pets, try using a boarding facility.

  • Contact your vet about payment plans, discounts or vouchers for neutering or any other treatment needed.

  • Get in touch with local rehoming charities for advice.