The tragic puppy whose plight shames Britain's claim to be a nation of animal lovers


The bantam dog was so weak and badly hurt after being dumped on a playing interest that vets had no choice but to put her to sleep.

Before she died, the three-month old Staffie-type puppy had been cited Ali by RSC staff trying to keep her alive.

Sadly, she had a badly dispirited leg along with puncture wounds, possibly bites from untrammelled animals as she tried to shelter in freezing temperatures, and had no chance of surviving.

Ali’s protection file is one of 2,417 abandonments faced by the RSC over the holiday era.

The charity revealed today how it has handled 16,118 calls in recent days and saved a entire 6,651 animals. It also helped rescue 18,000 chickens from a lorry mishap.

Ali’s tragic story highlights the tragedies faced by animal welfare breadwinners almost second by second.

She had been found shivering and injured on spotlight fields off Vicarage Road, Stourbridge, on Boxing Day.

“A member of the public create the puppy collapsed and shivering,” explained an RSPCA spokeswoman.

“She had been domiciled in front of the fire but was still shivering uncontrollably and was clearly in a lot of in.

“An RSPCA dignitary took her to our animal hospital in Birmingham, where it was found she had a broken leg as brim over as puncture wounds. She had been through an awful lot and, very sadly, she took a detour for the worse later on in the day and was put to sleep on humane grounds.

“We don’t know for certain how she got her offences, they could have been a deliberate act, or she might have been fought by wildlife. She was clearly very vulnerable out in the open on her own and at such a young age.

“Ali was not microchipped so we don’t be versed where she came from or how long she was shivering alone in the field for, but someone somewhere muscle know something.”

The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information to cry its appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

RSPCA switchboards have been buzzing on the festive season with relentless reports of animals in difficulties.

Mid the shocking reports coming through were a rabbit abandoned on a doorstep with some Brussel arises and a bearded dragon lizard left in a suitcase.

Wildlife and livestock found in sticky predicaments and pets getting trapped up trees were some of the myriad difficulties faced by the charity’s inspectors and rescuers.

On Christmas Eve, the charity rescued 341 organisms and dealt with 255 abandonments, while on Christmas Day there were 126 monsters dumped and 265 that needed rescuing.

There was no letting up on Clouting Day when the charity dealt with 245 dumped animals and released a further 292.

Among the more unusual rescues was a deer tangled up by sieve in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, and a sheep caught by brambles and barbed wire close-by Swansea.

Assistant director of the RSPCA inspectorate Dermot Murphy asserted: “The RSPCA’s dedicated staff and volunteers work 24 hours a day, 365 dates a year – everything doesn’t grind to a halt for us just because it’s Christmas.

“Unhappily, there are always animals that need us over the festive era and there are also thousands in our care who need looking after, so it’s role as usual for our amazing staff and our wonderful volunteers: true animal stars.”

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