Dog left on road fails to survive

PUBLISHED: 11:38 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009

Nellie

Nellie

A DOG has been put down after being left for dead by the side of a road. The tan mastiff was found a few hundred metres from the entrance of the RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre, South Mimms, last week. Named Nellie by staff, the dog was discovered lying on

A DOG has been put down after being left for dead by the side of a road.

The tan mastiff was found a few hundred metres from the entrance of the RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre, South Mimms, last week.

Named Nellie by staff, the dog was discovered lying on a grassy bank by the side of the road in freezing conditions.

She was rushed to Wood Street Veterinary Hospital, Barnet, but after two days she had to be put to sleep.

Vet Tony White said: "She was underweight, her back legs were partially paralysed and she was in a lot of pain with her spine.

"It just amazes me that someone would dump a dog in that condition in the middle of the night in winter. I just don't understand the cruelty involved."

John Loveday, maintenance man at Southridge, found Nellie on his way to the Packhorse Lane centre.

He said: "We eventually managed to get her into the car and to the vets.

"I cannot believe that you would dump an animal like this.

"She had obviously been someone's pet."

Shortly after Nellie was found, a nurse at Wood Street hospital took a mysterious phone call from a man asking how the mastiff was.

RSPCA staff are keen to speak to the person who made that call.

Mona Jorgensen, deputy manager at Southridge, said: "To claim we are a nation of animal lovers really upsets me, when we time and time again witness the pure cruelty by humans to pets.

"For this animal to end up alone on a cold, dark and wet night with not a chance of being able to fend for herself, was malicious beyond my understanding."

Call the RSPCA home on 0300 123 0704 with information.


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