An ill and underweight Saluki has been saved thanks to a twist of fate, after she was noticed laying in a pile of fly-tipped rubbish in a secluded lane in Essex on Friday 2 June. Two passers-by only spotted the dog after their vehicle had broken down nearby, and the men contacted the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Rebecca Benson, who is investigating, said, "They had walked up to the area near a huge pile of fly-tipped rubbish so they would be safer off the lane and that’s when they spotted a brown and white dog curled up amongst the rubbish and in need of help.
"She wasn’t visible from the road and I hate to think what could have happened to her if they hadn’t broken down in the area and stumbled across her. She must have had a guardian angel looking out for her today."
The Saluki is only around eighteen months old, and has now been named Penny. She isn't microchipped, wasn't wearing any form of identification, and was so weak and dehydrated she could barely stand.
"I strongly suspect she’s simply been cast aside because she needed some veterinary attention and her owner didn’t want to pay for that,” inspector Benson added.
"She’s literally been thrown out with the rubbish and was dumped at a location where she could have easily never have been found. To do something so cold and callous is just heartbreaking and I’d like to find out who is responsible."
Thankfully, Penny is now getting the help she needs at the RSPCA's Havering and Harold Hill branch, and has her whole life ahead of her.
The saddest element to this story is that if the culprit who abandoned Penny was also responsible for the fly-tipping and was caught and convicted for both, he or she would likely get a harsher punishment for the fly-tipping, as this crime has a maximum sentence of five years. Animal cruelty can only be sentenced up to six months - even though it's clear Penny suffered extensively and almost died.
Anyone who has any information on where Penny might have come from is advised to contact the RSPCA's appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
Featured image via RSPCA.