THE HUNT is on to find the owner of two gravely ill abandoned dogs who have suffered a ‘miserable existence’.
Stratford District Council dog warden Lisa Parkes discovered the female terrier-type dogs – believed to be around two-years-old – just days apart wandering near Shipston.
And she fears there could be others.
It is believed they had been used for breeding and were virtually unrecognisable due to hair loss. Vets initially feared the worst for one of the pups, who was suffering from a burst eyeball, seizures and was unable to sit due to muscle wastage.
Lisa is calling for anyone who knows anything about the dogs – who she has named Sybil and Sylvie – to come forward.
She said: “These two tiny terrier types were found in the same area just days apart. Both girls are incredibly poorly with mange, sore paws, red raw and itchy skin, lesions and alopecia.
“This has not happened overnight and I urge anyone with information to come forward as a matter of urgency. If you have purchased any terrier-type puppies over the last year from around the Willington and Burmington area of Warwickshire, please get in touch.
“One can only imagine the horrors they have been subjected to and there may well be more living in those appalling conditions.
“This pair do not behave like dogs. They have been confined with untreated painful ailments and have experienced a very miserable existence indeed.
“Despite their ordeal both girls are gentle, affectionate and incredibly sweet-natured.”
The dogs are receiving treatment at the Animal House Rescue in Birmingham where they are staying with foster carers.
The road to recovery will be a long and expensive one, with Sybil set to have her eye removed when she is healthy enough.
And to help with the cost, the warden has launched an appeal to help fund the poorly pooches care.
So far donations have topped £500, but more is still needed to look after the dogs.
Visit www.animalhouserescue.co.uk to donate.
To report any information about the dogs call 01789 267575 to speak to Lisa. Information can be given anonymously.