Dying emaciated puppy found dumped in Neasden
PUBLISHED: 13:53 12 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:21 12 January 2017
An emaciated and sick puppy brought to a Kensal Green animal charity after she was found abandoned in a cat carrier near Neasden has had to be put down.
Lulu, a tiny three-month-old Pomeranian cross puppy, Lulu, was found left for dead by a member of the public who immediately contacted the Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens.
Officers found an extremely thin Lulu, covered in faeces who seemed to be struggling to breathe.
Vets tried to give her treatment but the kindest thing they could do was to put her to sleep.
Dr Emily Richardson, a vet at the Mayhew, said X-rays on the pup showed she had severe pneumonia. She added: “We began her care straight away and gave her intravenous fluids, warmed her up with a heated blanket and hand fed her food to help her get her strength back. We also provided her with oxygen therapy, pain relief and antibiotics to help her feel more relaxed and comfortable.
“Our number one priority is to do the absolute best for every animal that comes into our community vet clinic at The Mayhew, and sadly the kindest thing for Lulu was to end her suffering, and put her to sleep.”
Mayhew’s animal welfare officers rescue hundreds of abandoned, neglected and abused animals every year. The charity is urging people who are having problems affording vet treatment to get in contact with their officers first, before the health and well-being of their animal deteriorates any further.
Zoe Edwards, animal welfare manager, said: “Unfortunately every year we see lots of sick pets being abandoned because their owner cannot afford treatment, and it is very likely that this was the case for Lulu.
“To let an animal get to such a neglected state like Lulu and not do anything before it’s too late is cruel and completely irresponsible. We cannot imagine the level of pain that poor Lulu must have been in and only wish that her owner had come to us or another animal welfare organisation first, before abandoning her in a carrier.”
She added: “We encourage people who are having problems taking their pet to the vet or affording treatment to get in contact with us first before the health and wellbeing of their animal deteriorates any further. No matter what the problem is, we do not judge anyone and are here to help the animal and prevent suffering.”
To help them in their work officers ask the public to consider making a donation to the charity. Instant donations can be made by texting “WOOF13 £5” or your chosen amount to 70070 or by donating online at themayhew.org/donate