Dog put down after being abandoned by bus station

A TUMOUR-riddled neglected dog thought to be used for breeding was dumped on a canal path before vets were forced to put her to sleep.

The American bulldog was found last Thursday (29) by a member of the public t around 1.30pm on the canal path near Rotherham Interchange and picked up by a council dog warden..

The “shocking” case has been referred to the RSPCA — and potential pet owners are being reminded to buy puppies from responsible breeders.

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Rotherham Council’s assistant director for community safety and street scene, Tom Smith, said: “This was a very sad case of a female dog being found by a member of the public.

“It was clear from the outset that the dog was in very ill health and following an emergency assessment by a veterinarian expert, it was discovered that she had a number of tumours.

“The vets were therefore left with no choice but to humanely put her to sleep.”

The dog was microchipped but the telephone number linked to her records did not work.

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Mr Smith added: “Given that the dog was producing milk, we suspect she had been used for breeding, so we have now referred the case to the RSPCA.”

He said the “shocking case” had been upsetting for staff involved and served as a reminder to anyone thinking of buying a puppy to ensure they are buying from a responsible breeder.

“Always ask to see mum and her pups together in their home and never buy a puppy if you have any doubts about the breeder or the situation,” he added.

Owners are also advised to ensure their pet’s microchips are kept up-to-date with current contact details.

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An RSPCA spokesperson said: “This is a terribly sad and distressing incident. The details were passed onto us by the dog warden who initially dealt with the matter.

“It is never acceptable to abandon a pet especially in this case when she was clearly in need of veterinary attention.”

For advice about buying a puppy and details on how to set up a puppy contract, visit the RSPCA website.

Anyone who knows who is responsible for abandoning the American bulldog should contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.