HORRIFYING cases of abused and abandoned dogs have sparked an outpouring of donations from Redditch workers.
Toys, food, blankets and more have been brought in by staff at the borough council following the latest cases highlighted by dog warden Pip Singleton. Standard staff have also joined in by sending items to the Town Hall.
Pip has been releasing details of the dogs she finds to the public over the last few months hoping to reduce the level of abuse suffered in the county.
A recent heart-breaking case saw a pug named Pugley by his carers found with severe demodectic mange, swollen glands, a high temperature, hip dysplasia in his back legs and eye and ear infections.
He has been put on antibiotics and is being cared for at a foster home but faces an uphill struggle before his pain will subside.
Another dog, a Cairn Cross called Minnie Mouse, was discovered with a completely matted and filthy coat which took three people to clip off. She had lumps hanging from her which will be operated on in a couple of weeks, one of which was a hernia and her intestines were hanging below her body in the hernia.
Pip said they relied on donations and volunteers to help get the dogs on the road to recovery.
“Words fail me and I can’t get my head around why someone would watch as these defenceless creatures suffer. Surely it takes less effort to give us a call and ask for help.” she said.
“This is totally unnecessary and I want everyone to think twice before they even contemplate getting a pet.”
Council chief executive Kevin Dicks said: “Something that started as small as a couple of people gathering a few items has now escalated into something much bigger and shows just how much we can achieve by working together.”
Standard editor Ian Dipple added: “I know our readers will have been appalled by the stories Pip has shared through our paper in recent months. We are happy to do our bit to stamp out this despicable behaviour.”
Anyone wishing to donate items can drop them off at Redditch Town Hall before Friday, February 27. Those struggling to care for an animal, need advice or suspect neglect should call the warden on 01905 822799.