Dog dumped near canal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Ai­dan Bar­low abar­low@thek­m­ @aidan­bar­lowKM

An aban­doned dog found dumped near the canal in Ham­street is now mak­ing a steady re­cov­ery at the vets.

The cocker spaniel was found in a des­per­ate state, with wounds on her body and in­juries to her eyes which left her par­tially blinded.

Dog walker Marc Buss made the dis­cov­ery while he was out on Tues­day evening last week, and im­me­di­ately called Smart Dogs in Ham­street to help check her over.

He said: “I saw this other dog on the side of the canal with no owner in sight, so I grabbed it and could see it was in an ab­so­lute state.

“I don’t think she had been there long and had prob­a­bly been dumped within min­utes be­cause another dog walker was walk­ing back and said she hadn’t been there ear­lier.

“She had no mi­crochip and hadn’t been neutered. She was in a very poor con­di­tion, she looked skinny and as though she might be blind.

“She looked re­ally old, but ap­par­ently is only about three years old, and she had re­ally bad wounds. I think it’s just dis­gust­ing that she could be left like that.

“Once I saw her I was think­ing that if I saw her owner walk­ing to pick her up, there was no chance they were get­ting her back. I was hor­ri­fied by it, it was aw­ful.

“Be­ing a dog owner my­self, I had all the emo­tions. I can’t imag­ine my dog be­ing left in that sort of state.”

Mr Buss said the dog was taken to the Bar­row Hill Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal in Maid­stone Road, Ash­ford, that night.

He added that the search for an owner had started, with one per­son from the Isle of Wight be­liev­ing the dog was one which had been stolen from them two years ago. The vets head nurse Katie Mack­in­tosh said they had cho­sen to name her Pop­pet and said they had been in­un­dated with phone calls from peo­ple con­cerned about her.

But she said Pop­pet was not the miss­ing pet be­long­ing to the per­son from the Isle of Wight, adding: “Pop­pet is a lovely lit­tle girl and in fine spir­its.

“She is very friendly and is en­joy­ing be­ing pam­pered and loved at our hos­pi­tal. She is a cocker spaniel type, but we are un­able to tell if she is pure­bred. She is suf­fer­ing with a skin con­di­tion which is be­ing treated.

“Her skin is quite thick­ened and swollen at the mo­ment, but now that she is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment, it is al­ready be­gin­ning to look bet­ter. Pop­pet has ob­vi­ously been bred from sev­eral times.”

She added that they are not look­ing to re­home Pop­pet at this stage, and asked that peo­ple only call the vet­eri­nary hos­pi­tal if they know where she has come from.

Pic­ture: Bar­row Hill Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal

Marc Buss found this cocker spaniel aban­doned by the canal in Ham­street

The spaniel found aban­doned by Ham­street canal

Pic­ture: Bar­row Hill Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal

Head nurse Katie Mack­in­tosh

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