Puppy thrown from window of moving car
An appeal for information about a puppy callously dumped from the window of a moving car has been shared more than 4,600 times on Facebook.
A member of the public handed the female English Bull Terrier cross-breed into the Mansion Hill veterinary practice in Middleton Cheney on Monday, after watching it being slung out of a black Vauxhall Corsa on Astrop Road.
The man was taking his children to the playground when he witnessed the harrowing incident and tried unsuccessfully to pursue the vehicle which sped off.
A police investigation has been launched but Angela Taylor, practice partner at Mansion Hill, said thankfully the dog suffered no serious injures.
“We were obviously very concerned for the welfare of the dog. We gave it a full health check and thakfully there were no concerns healthwise but she was very, very shaken and very worried.”
Scanning the dog for microchips and identification proved fruitless but police believe the dog may have been stolen so are still hopeful of finding its legitimate owner.
“Due to the type of dog there was a suspicion she had been stolen and abandoned, so we put an appeal on Facebook to see if we could find her legitimate owner,” said Mrs Taylor.
“It just shows the power of Facebook that it has been shared by more than 4,600 people. We have been flooded with people offering to foster her or offer any help they can,” she added. Police are currently pursuing a number of leads which have resulted from the Facebook appeal but Mrs Taylor said she believes it will be difficult to trace the legitimate owner.
“If no owner comes forward we will be looking to rehome her through a specialist organisation,” she said.
“Now we just need to look after her best interests while the police and RSPCA investigate.”
Staff at the surgery have nicknamed the puppy Pootle because of her tendancy to ‘Pootle’ around the surgery all day.
Mrs Taylor explained: “She should find a great home. She’s very attractive with quite an athletic build, one lop ear and is very endearing to look at.”
RSPCA inspector Andy Eddy said: “It’s a shocking situation and these are charges that need to be investigated.”
Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police on 101 or the RSPCA’s Control Room on 0300 123 4999.
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