Monday, 2 November 2009

Cardiff dogs home staff care for abandoned puppy

Staff at Cardiff Council's Dogs Home are caring for a lurcher puppy who was found abandoned in a Cardiff car park.

Staff at the Dogs Home were shocked at the condition of the puppy when he was brought to the home by a member of the public last week in a highly emaciated state and needing urgent medical attention.

The ten week old pup who has been named ‘Nigel’ by Dogs Home staff was incredibly thin, weak and in a very bad way. It is likely he had not eaten or had anything to drink for a week. Nigel was so weak he could not even lift his head.

After regular feeding day and night by the Dogs’ Home staff the pup has made some improvement and should make a full recovery. Nigel is a very affectionate puppy and will be looking for a caring new owner when he is well enough to be re-homed.

Cardiff Council's Dogs Home is home for over 30 stray dogs at present all looking for new homes.

Councillor Margaret Jones, Executive Member for the Environment said: "Dog ownership should not be entered into lightly and people should remember that abandoning dogs is criminal offence. The only way we can reduce the growing number of stray animals is by encouraging responsible dog ownership. That includes having your dog neutered and micro-chipped.”

The Cardiff Animal Pound may be found at Westpoint Industrial Estate, Penarth Road, Cardiff.

Its opening hours are: Monday-Sunday 9am-4.30pm Bank Holidays 9am-12.30pm. Closed Christmas Day. Tel: 02920 711243 or 02920 70 8141

Photograph: Nigel the ten week old lurcher puppy pictured with Dogs Home Assistant Michelle Edwards who has been nursing the pup back to health.


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