Vulnerable Border Collie pup sold outside tube station


A poorly puppy who was being offered for sale outside Ruislip Tube Station in West London has been taken in by The Mayhew Animal Home.

The seven-week-old Border Collie was being touted to passing strangers, despite her being clearly malnourished and sick. A couple stopped and paid £200 for her, as they were concerned for her wellbeing. They named her Mocha – as they had spotted the seller feeding her coffee.

Mocha was suffering terribly with sickness and bloody diarrhoea. Unable to afford her veterinary fees, the couple decided to sign the puppy over to The Mayhew.

Thanks to extensive veterinary care, and love and socialisation from a foster carer, Mocha is now at a healthy weight and will soon be ready for a new home.


The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Manager, Zoe Edwards, said, “It is completely irresponsible to sell a puppy outside of a tube station, and unfortunately we see this kind of situation all too often.

“Sadly there are lots of unwanted animals in rescue centres like ours that have come in from people who have bought pets on a whim without taking into consideration the responsibilities and needs of the pet. Many pets also end up in rescues after breeders have sold sick animals just to make quick money, to owners who are unable to cope or afford the medical treatment.

“Irresponsible breeders, like Mocha’s seller, can often have little or no concern for the welfare of dogs and puppies and no regard for who buys them. They usually won’t be thinking or asking whether the buyer is able to care and provide for the animal for the rest of its life, both financially and physically.

“We urge people to think responsibly about where they get their pets from and consider adopting a rescue dog from a reputable shelter, as they are full of gorgeous canines desperate for loving homes.”


If you are interested in offering a home to Mocha or any other dog from The Mayhew, visit

All images courtesy of The Mayhew.


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