A DOG so badly emaciated he had to be put down is the latest in a long line of abandoned pets horrifying wardens.
Maxi was found dumped in Redditch and could hardly stand, had fur loss and a severe flea infestation. The collie cross was so unwell the decision had to be taken to put him down, leaving dog warden Pip Singleton ‘heart-broken’.
Pip has been releasing a series of case studies which have been published by the Standard in the hope of deterring anyone cruel enough to abandon their dog and to ensure residents educate themselves before buying a new pet.
Recent cases include Fairy, a Schih Tzu found in neighbouring Bromsgrove, who had such a severe infection in her eye it had to be removed. Her other eye has an ulcer but it is hoped it can be saved.
Five puppies were also found dumped in Kidderminster, with three of them suffering from fits because they were in such poor condition and so underweight.
They were given a huge amount of medication and with a lot of time, patience and veterinary treatment they have made a full recovery and will be able to be adopted.
Mark Bullivant, Worcestershire Regulatory Service joint committee chairman, said: “When we make purchases like buying a car or a kitchen appliance, we research these products. Yet people get pets without looking into the true cost of time and money that they will need.
“While I am proud to be highlighting the work of the Worcestershire Regulatory Service dog wardens, I am sickened by the way animals are neglected and ill-treated in this day and age. Please think twice before you get a pet because they really are for life.”