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‘Heartless’ owners leave spaniel to get into ‘terrible’ condition

RSPCA appeals for information after neglected dog is handed into vet surgery

The RSPCA is investigating and appealing for information after a very poorly King Charles Spaniel was handed into vets in Ashford, Kent.

The female unneutered spaniel was found straying in Charing on Wednesday (15 September) and handed in to an Ashford veterinary surgery by a member of the public on Thursday (16 September). 

Vets at the clinic checked her over and contacted the RSPCA. Inspector Clive Hopwood went out to investigate. He said: “This poor dog was in such a sorry state; she had terrible teeth, awful eye infections – which may well leave her partially sighted – and horrible skin condition. Someone has clearly neglected her for some time. 

“To allow her to get into this state is totally heartless…”

“She was unneutered so we suspect she may have been used for breeding in the past and has received a very low standard of care. She was microchipped but the chip was not registered and the chip company told us they could not pull any usable data from her account.”

Olive – as she’s been named – is thought to be around five-years-old. She will remain at the vets receiving care and treatment until she is well enough to move to an RSPCA rehoming centre. 

“It looks like she’ll need to have some teeth removed and her eyes and skin will require considerable treatment; we don’t know yet if she’ll be able to see once her eyes have recovered,” Clive added. 

“To allow her to get into this state is totally heartless. I’d like to speak to anyone who recognises her or who may have information as to who was responsible for her care. Please call us on 0300 123 8018 and leave me a message if you can help out enquiries.”

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