Pet shop shock after 'severely dehydrated' bearded dragon dumped in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 12:20 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:30 12 February 2015

Spiro the Bearded Dragon

Spiro the Bearded Dragon

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An unwanted bearded dragon left outside a Hatfield vets has been given a new home thanks to a kind-hearted Welwyn Garden City pet shop.

Tails & Scales manager Jason Rayner with Spiro the Bearded DragonTails & Scales manager Jason Rayner with Spiro the Bearded Dragon

Jason Rayner, manager of Tails & Scales, in Haldens, took on the abandoned reptile after it was discovered on Monday, January 26, outside Attimore Vets in Hatfield.

He said: “They came to work in the morning and found a cardboard box on the doorstep.

“A note was left with it saying it was about seven years old.

“He was extremely underweight, severely dehydrated, barely alive and very weak. It’s hard to tell but it looked like it had gone without its UV light for over a year.

Spiro the Bearded DragonSpiro the Bearded Dragon

“It’ll take three to four months to get to the right weight but we’re getting there. They are usually quite hardy.”

The dragon, who has been named Spyro, was so bad that at first they were unable to determine the correct sex, believing at first that it was a female. They had to use a syringe to give him water.

But while Spyro is on the mend, he is never going to be fully healed, meaning he will become a permanent resident of the pet shop.

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