The RSPCA is appealing for information about a severely emaciated puppy who was found straying in the South Yorkshire village of Skellow on May 30. The pup, now named Tina, was found to be about half her expected body weight at just 6.2 kilograms. She is now making ‘promising’ progress.
Found by a concerned member of the public, Tina was initially taken to the RSPCA’s Doncaster, Rotherham & District animal centre in Bawtry before being transferred to Peak Vets in Sheffield for urgent assessment and treatment. She is now in the care of the charity’s Sheffield branch, who have found her a foster family.
The RSPCA is now appealing to anyone with information about Tina, who is believed to be between six and seven months old, to get in touch via the charity’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.
Sara Jordan, deputy chief inspector who is investigating the incident, said, “Despite Tina’s emaciated condition she’s a bright and loving little character. The vet who examined her was very surprised by her bright demeanour, given she only weighed 6.2kg and probably should have been two or even three times that.
“Someone must have loved her at some point as she is the sweetest pup and she came to us wearing a red collar which was hanging off – the assumption is that it will have fitted her at some point and then she’s lost weight.
“It was really important for Tina to go into a quiet, calm foster home, rather than a kennel environment, as minimal stress is going to aid her recovery. She still has a long way to go, but her blood tests have all come back clear and she’s making promising progress. The team at Peak Vets were brilliant, and we’re optimistic that with the right care and lots of TLC she’ll go on to make a full recovery. Someone must recognise her and we’d appeal to anyone with information to come forward.”