THE county’s dog warden is calling on pet-lovers across the region to report dogs which they believe are being cruelly treated after a starving stray was found.
Neglected pooch Chiefley was picked up in the Wyre Forest area last month. Weighing just 10kg he was emaciated, had sore skin, overgrown nails and was scared and worried.
Worcestershire’s Animal Welfare Officer Pip Singleton, who works for for the county’s Regulatory Services, said: “In all my years in this role I still can’t believe how people choose to be cruel instead of kind to these loyal, caring and defenceless animals.
“Chiefley has put on 5kg already during his recovery at our vets, which is funded by the Council and ultimately taxpayers.
“So not only do these heartless people cause pain to defenceless animals, they cost the public purse.
“We need help to identify where animals are in danger and call upon residents to help us to do this so we can offer possible support to the owners.
“Often the commitment and cost of owning a dog is underestimated but this is no reason for them to suffer. ”
She says if people have a dog they are struggling to keep or are concerned about the welfare of an animal, call the WRS team on 01905 822799.