Abandoned dog found on Christmas Eve
A DOG rescue centre had to act to save a pooch left abandoned near to their site on Christmas Eve.
Staff at the Chilterns Dog Rescue Society noticed a springer spaniel left tied to a fence near their base, in Chivery, on Christmas Eve, and quickly took it into care.
The charity, which writes a fortnightly column in the Examiner, is now appealing to find its owners, and, if not successful, staff will begin trying to find a new home for the dog.
Rescue centre manger Sara Muncke said: "We noticed the dog had been tied up and left very near to our site, obviously for us to find by someone who didn't want to bring it in to us.
"We always have staff working on Christmas Eve for occasions like this. The dog is female and we don't know what her name is, but we've called her Meg.
"She is in really good physical shape and we think she's aged about three or four. She is very distressed though and is taking a while to settle into her new surroundings here. I think she'll be a very nice dog, but at the moment she is very confused and doesn't understand why she is here."
Staff at the site are now working with Meg and helping her to settle down.
Ms Muncke added: "It is hard to say why Meg was left with us. It could be lots of reasons, like families struggling to cope with looking after her or paying for her, or redundancies or anything.
"We do get dogs left here at Christmas, but I think that Easter is the most likely time for dogs to be left with us.
"It is when dogs given as Christmas presents are starting to lose their appeal and become a burden.
"It is very sad, and can leave dogs feeling very upset and confused about what has happened to them.
"Hopefully we'll be able to find somewhere lovely and permanent for Meg to live."
■ Chiltern Dog Rescue Society is in urgent need of blankets donated by kindhearted readers. If you can help, or would like to offer a dog a new home, call 01296 623 885.
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