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Bald terrier found dumped in Bishop Auckland with just a Christmas jumper to keep her warm

Ducky is now being looked after by the RSPCA Credit: Trinity Mirror Syndication

A bald terrier wearing a Christmas jumper was dumped alone and freezing in a garden.

The female terrier was discovered shaking and terrified in the New Coundon area of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, by the RSPCA on New Year's Day.

A neighbour heard a dog barking and knew the owners did not have a dog and were away on holiday, so called the animal charity.

Inspector Lucy Hoehne collected the dog, who is believed to be around eight years old, at 8am on January 1st.

The dog has now been named Ducky after the dinosaur in the Land Before Time due to her her tough skin.

Ducky was found dumped in Bishop Auckland Credit: Trinity Mirror Syndication

This poor dog, her whole back end and legs are totally bald.

She isn’t microchipped although her weight appears to be healthy so I can only think she must have been dumped.

It’s likely she had been at the property some hours and it was an extremely cold night; being New Year’s Eve there were fireworks being let off - she must have been so terrified.

She had a jumper on from B&M which has a distinctive snowman pattern so I can only hope someone recognises it and comes forward with information so we can try to work out where she has come from.

– Insp Hoehne

Ducky is currently being looked after by the RSPCA and has had skin biopsies to diagnose her condition and is on medication.

Anyone who recognises Ducky is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Ducky was wearing this Christmas jumper when she was dumped Credit: RSPCA