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The RSPCA is hunting for a man who dumped a dying puppy outside a Pets at Home store in Southwark.
CCTV footage shows a man with dark hair, and dressed in a dark top and bottoms, leaving a dirty car carrier just outside the front door of the Old Kent Road store shortly before 11.30am on Thursday, June 8.
The cream papillon-type dog, thought to be around four to six months old, was taken into the store where there was a Vets4Pets and was found to be suffering from parvovirus.
The store contacted the RSPCA and an inspector attended but sadly the dog was put to sleep after it showed neurological signs and deteriorated even with treatment.
Caroline Allen, RSPCA London veterinary director, said: “Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease with a high mortality rate among untreated dogs.
“Vets in London are warning of a new, more virulent strain.
“Parvovirus is prevented through regular vaccination, but unfortunately it is making a comeback due to lower levels of vaccination and the fact it is often seen in dogs from puppy farms.”
The RSPCA has released CCTV footage showing the puppy being dumped outside the store and is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Inspector Callum Isitt added: “It is really sad to think that someone has dumped this poor dying puppy, especially as he was clearly suffering so severely from parvo.
“Fortunately there were CCTV cameras in the area and we have been provided with the footage of the man dumping the carrier outside the front doors.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen this man in the vicinity, or who knows anything about this puppy or who is responsible for abandoning him.
“People cannot get away with just dumping a dying animal.
“Anyone with information can call me in complete confidence on our inspector’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
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