A happy ending for abandoned dogs at Downham Market

They had been left tied to a tree

Author: Sharon PlummerPosted on August 30, 2021
Last updated on August 30, 2021

One of the dogs was dumped with a cruel shock collar

A pair of loving dogs were found abandoned and tied to a tree in the town of Downham Market.

The underweight dogs were found abandoned on July 20 and were picked up by the local dog sitter – who looked after them for seven days before transferring them to care at the Eau Brink reintegration center, which is run by the West Branch of the RSPCA Norfolk.

Milly is about eight to 10 years old and is a chocolate Labrador female, she was overweight and suffered from scabies.

Tilly is about 18 months old and a mastiff type crossbreed and was also underweight. Shockingly, she was also wearing a shock collar when she was found.

Both dogs were microchipped but Milly’s chip was not registered – while Tilly’s chip was only registered to a breeder who then sold it. None of the dogs were sterilized.

Emily Cole, director of the center said:

“The two dogs were found tied to a tree in the Downham Market area and they were both wearing collars – but poor Tilly also had a shock collar around her neck.

“They were found by a member of the public who contacted the dog sitter who looked after them for seven days before transferring them to our care.

“Poor Milly has itch around her eyes and also on her back. For starters, we thought she might have recently had puppies because she was quite sagging in her skin around her nipples – but a vet said this was actually the result of her very weight loss. fast.

“Tilly, who is very nervous, is still the sweetest and most affectionate little dog – when she got here she jumped out of the van and planted her paws on my shoulders to kiss me – she is so loving.

“She’s also very thin so it’s a mystery why these dogs were abandoned and what happened to them to cause them to suddenly lose weight in such a short time.

“I understand that people sometimes find themselves in situations where they may have a hard time taking care of their pet and we always urge anyone in this situation to ask for help – giving up is not the answer and fortunately in this case they have been found, but this is not always the case.

Luckily Tilly and Milly have done really well for us – they’re just the cutest dog pairs – they’re friendly and polite which means they’ve been in a house before.

“It’s really heartbreaking that whoever had them before felt that was the only option to abandon them – when they could have asked for help.”

The two dogs have now found loving new homes.

Electric necklaces have been illegal in Wales since 2010 and the RSPCA has long called for them to be banned in England as well.

These collars are used to train and control cats and dogs, but can cause pain and fear. They are useless for long term behavior change that can be achieved using positive reward based training.

James Wild MP, MP for North West Norfolk, added:

“The ban on the use of shock collars is not yet enshrined in law in England. Following consultation and as outlined in the government’s animal welfare action plan, these cruel electronic training collars will be banned under new legislation and ministers will enact the necessary legislation as soon as possible. parliamentary time permits.

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