The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man was caught on CCTV abandoning a dog outside a care home in County Durham.

CCTV shows the moment the Staffie cross – now nicknamed Panda – is abandoned by a hooded individual outside Parklands Care Home in Seaham, at 5.10am on Thursday 10 October. Staff found the frightened dog at 7am, checked the CCTV footage, and alerted the RSPCA. 

Inspector Cathy Maddison said, “It was dark when he was abandoned but you can see a tall man with his hood up with Panda before he’s abandoned.”

Panda was taken to the vet where staff found he was microchipped but his chip wasn’t registered. He is estimated to be about three years old.

“We’ve called him Panda due to his pretty black and white markings,” she said. “He’s in fairly good condition and was wearing a smart, new red collar. Panda is a lovely boy but he’s obviously really confused and is absolutely terrified. It’s so sad.”

Cathy suspects Panda’s owner has abandoned him when they could no longer look after him. 

“Unfortunately we respond to thousands of calls every year where an animal has been abandoned because their owner simply can’t take care of them anymore,” she said. “Pets are a huge commitment and responsibility, and they can be expensive, so we find many dogs, cats, horses and other pets are abandoned every year.”

The RSPCA is not looking to track down the person responsible for abandoning Panda. Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave Cathy a message.

Images by RSPCA

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