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RSPCA appeal after Shih-tzu dumped in Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 08:44 17 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:44 17 September 2014

Puffin, the Shih-tzu

Puffin, the Shih-tzu

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The dog was so weak it could barely walk

A Shih-tzu which was dumped in Thamesmead has sparked an appeal from the RSPCA.

The grey and white dog, which the animal charity has named puffin, was so neglected that it was barely able to walk. It was found wandering near some housing estates in Thamesmead, near Yarnton Way on September 8.

The dog was extremely thin, and had fur which was so matted it was causing him pain to walk. It was collected by RSPCA officers, and put into thecare of a vet.

The RSPCA are now appealing for information which may help them to trace the dog’s owner.

RSPCA inspector Joanna Bishop said: “The fur around his paws were so matted they were about four times the size they should have been.

“Poor Puffin had clearly been neglected all his life and never been properly looked after. The extent of the matting and the amount of faeces and other rubbish which was caught up in his fur was utterly shocking.

“Added to that he was abandoned on the streets and just left to roam, hobbling on legs he could barely walk on.

“Thankfully it looks like he will make a full recovery, but the matting was so severe we had to sedate him in order to removed it. But he is such a sweet-natured little thing, despite all the pain he was obviously in.”

If anyone has any information about how Puffin cam to be in this state please call 0300 123 8018.

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