AN ABANDONED dog has hope of a better life if residents can rally together and fund his vet bills.
Robin Hood was found in Redditch just five days after the Standard published an appeal by dog wardens about rising numbers of cruelty cases this month.
He has a severe case of a condition called cherry eye which impacts his vision and makes his eyes sore, weepy and infected.
Luckily the Worcester branch of the RSPCA has agreed to take him in but his vet care, which will include operations on his eyes, will cost hundreds of pounds, which the charity needs public donations to cover.
Dog warden Pip Singleton from Worcestershire Regulatory Services said: “This lad was just a soppy giant of a dog, wouldn’t hurt a flea, and the state of neglect that his owner had left his eyes in once again astounds me.
“We hope the public will show their generosity to help fund this dog’s treatment. He is a wonderful dog and so deserves to be free from pain and suffering and find his forever home, once his veterinary treatment has been finished.”
Following the appeal, launched by Miss Singleton earlier this month, she was inundated with calls from the public distressed by the increase in cases.
“I am delighted with the support the first tranche of photographs and case studies generated – but unfortunately this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg,” she added.
“I have been in this job for nearly 20 years and my heart still gets broken. I cannot comprehend why people feel the need to do these awful things to such lovely innocent creatures.
“We are being faced with more and more welfare and cruelty in our areas than we’ve ever seen before. We are in a very safe situation, in that people feel the need to do this instead of trying to ask for help.”
To donate towards Robin Hood’s vet fund, call Geraldine Haines at the RSPCA on 01886 822083. To report a case of cruelty or for help rehoming a pet, call the dog warden service on 01905 822799.