Reading that a lurcher dog has been "found "confused and frightened" after apparently being abandoned outside a house in Peterborough" makes me wonder about the proud claim that "we are a nation of animal lovers."
The U.K. may have a better relationship with its animals than some countries but scratch the surface and you wonder if that is really true.
Jessie, our late girl above, came to us on a temporary basis after she was abandoned.
Aged around nine months she was left tied to a tree in the garden of her former home when her owners moved house. Jessie was in some ways one of the lucky ones.
Local dog rescue workers lived close by and her former owners knew that. She was not unscathed however from her early life experiences.
On the upside she lived with us more than 14 years, yes I know what happened to temporary, before she sadly died. Blind in later life she remained one of the sweetest-natured dogs we have ever had the pleasure of sharing our home with.
If you can help the RSPCA track down the person who abandoned the lurcher at the start of this story:
There could be many reasons why the dog was abandoned.
But if you find you can no longer care properly for your pet abandoning should not be an option you even consider.
As for a nation of animal lovers - is that really a description that is fit for purpose in 2017?
Give a lurcher a home SOS