North Anston: Shock as neglected dogs found tied up in woods and left to die

The Bichon-frise crosses would have died were it not for the passer-by
The Bichon-frise crosses would have died were it not for the passer-by

Staff at Thornberry Animal Sanctuary are hoping to rehome a pair of severely neglected dogs that were found tied up and left to starve in the woods last week.

The male and female Bichon-frise crosses, who are thought to be around 4-7 years of age, were handed in by an unknown man who claims he found them tied up in the woods while he was dog walking on Tuesday 4th November.

The dogs were covered in urine and faeces and couldn't even walk due to neglect

The dogs were covered in urine and faeces and couldn't even walk due to neglect

Staff at the North Anston sanctuary have expressed ‘shock and disgust’ at the condition the dogs were found in, and are now striving to nurse them back to full health before rehoming them.

Hannah Briggs, kennel manager, said: “These poor dogs were in such a mess when they were brought to us.”

“Their coats were matted with urine and faeces and they couldn’t walk because their nails were too long. We took them to the vets where they had to be sedated because they were in so much pain.”

“They had ear infections and the vet couldn’t determine how exactly old they are because their teeth were in a real state.”

“These dogs were neglected for a very long period of time before they were tied up in the woods and abandoned. It’s horrible to see.”

Hannah added that even though the dogs are still nervous around people, they are making good progress.

“The dogs have been groomed and properly fed and are slowly coming round, but it will take time,” she said.

“Because they are such a sought-after breed, we have had literally dozens of people coming forward to adopt them- but we want to ensure they go to the right home as they will need extra care after their ordeal.”

“Unfortunately, a lot of abadoned animals we look after just don’t find a home that quickly.”

This is because some breeds are more popular than others, but we have no doubt these two will be snapped up straight away!”

Thornberry offers a refuge to abandoned, unwanted, abused and neglected animals.

For more information on the sanctuary and how you can help, contact them on 01909 564399.