Wednesday 13 June 2012
Scruffy’s story sparks call for pet owners to act responsibly
Staff at a leading animal welfare charity are calling on pet owners to act responsibly when making the decision to give up a pet.
The call comes after a 6-year-old West Highland Terrier was tied to a fence along the busy A1198 outside Wood Green’s Godmanchester Centre on June 2nd and abandoned.
The dog, who was named Scruffy by staff because his hair was extremely overgrown and matted, was rescued by a member of the team at around 4pm and taken to the Charity’s on site vet to be checked over.
Deputy Manager of Dog Welfare, Chris Bennett said: “Fortunately, apart from his overgrown hair, which has since been clipped, Scruffy is in a relatively good condition. However, tying him to a fence alongside a busy road was extremely dangerous for Scruffy and it is lucky he didn’t escape and run into the road.
“At Wood Green we pride ourselves in being open and non-judgemental and we would urge anyone wanting to give up their pet to contact us in the first instance so we can offer support and advice.
“Speaking with the previous owners also gives us some history of the pet and information which proves invaluable when it comes to rehoming.”
For further information, support or advice, or for details about rehoming Scruffy, please call Wood Green on 0844 248 8181.