Published: 14:11, Sat, February 21, 2015
By JOSHUA FORD
A BLIND puppy was found cowering at the back of a cubicle after his owner abandoned him at a motorway service station.
The eight week old pup, believed to be a miniature Shetland sheepdog, was found by staff in the ladies’ toilets at a motorway service station curled up in a ball and whimpering with fear, they soon realised he was blind.
His owner is thought to have abandoned him after learning this as it made him worthless.
A customer alerted service station staff after hearing the crying pup in the toilets.
Sue Evans, director of the Roadchef services at Sandbach, Cheshire said: “He had been left in a cubicle behind the bin. He was curled up and looked frightened.”
She said that her colleague Angela Lonsdale, who works in WH Smith at the same site had initially found the pup.
“She managed to coax him out and we cleaned him up and wrapped him in one of those dog blankets we have on sale.
“He had these piercing blue eyes, but he wasn’t making direct eye contact, which was when we realised he was blind.”
Staff at the service station have examined CCTV footage in an attempt to find the women who abandoned the puppy but believe she hid from site. There are no other clues as to her identity.
“All we can think is that she found out he was blind and decided to dump him,” Mrs Evans said.
“It was an awful thing to do.”
After being rescued three weeks ago, the puppy has since been adopted by the services’ maintenance manager Ian Schofield who couldn’t resist the pup. he already has a terrier named Belle who ‘has been like a mother to him [the puppy], she acts like his eyes and barks out instructions to him.
Staff have now set up an online appeal to raise money in order to cover the pup’s veterinary bills, so far it has managed to raise £540.
Both customers and staff have been paying £1 to vote for the puppy’s new name, with the total – currently standing at around £120 which will go towards cancer charities, the leading choice so far is Louie – after the loo where he was abandoned.