By Sevenoaks Chronicle | Posted: May 18, 2015
A blind dog found tied to a pile of bricks is recovering at a Malling animal shelter.
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a member of the public spotted the animal abandoned on Hayle Place, a private lane near Cripple Street in Maidstone last Tuesday (12 May).
The black and white springer spaniel was described as heavily matted with glazed eyes. She was discovered tied to a pallet of bricks by a blue piece of nylon string with no food, water or shelter.
RSPCA inspector Tina Nash rescued the dog, who has since been named Delphine, and rushed her to RSPCA Leybourne animal centre.”Understandably she was very nervous when I picked her up. I cannot understand how someone can leave a dog that has gone blind, alone, scared and with a chance of her escaping and potentially being lost or injured on a road,” said inspector Nash.
“These people do not deserve to have animals if they are going to abandon them when things go wrong.”
Delphine is in a stable condition and is receiving lots of TLC and veterinary attention at RSPCA Leybourne.
She is thought to be around five to seven years old and is suffering from a number of health issues, including cataracts in both eyes that have left her almost totally blind, as well as ear infections.
“Poor Delphine is still a little bewildered at the moment. Because she is blind it is so much harder for her to be able to adjust to her new surroundings after her ordeal but she is slowly but surely coming out of her shell,” said Angelina Allingham at RSPCA Leybourne.
“Due to the fact she is so weak and disorientated the staff are carrying her around in their arms most of the time and taking special care to introduce her gradually to new places. We all have our fingers crossed that she will pull through and be able to find a loving new home,” she added.
The RSPCA revealed that this year it has been called to rescue more than 33 abandoned animals each day – or more than one an hour.
If anyone has any information about Delphine and how she came to be dumped in this way please call 0300 123 8018.
To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message)