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Dog left in street is put to sleep

PUBLISHED: 11:53 28 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:09 02 July 2010

Rotweiller was found in Abbey Road, Barking

Rotweiller was found in Abbey Road, Barking

A DOG found abandoned by the RSPCA was later put to sleep after a vet discovered it was suffering from cancer. The pitiful pup was discovered on an industrial estate drenched in oil, and hardly able to stand because of his emaciated condition. RSPCA regio

A DOG found abandoned by the RSPCA was later put to sleep after a vet discovered it was suffering from cancer.

The pitiful pup was discovered on an industrial estate drenched in oil, and hardly able to stand because of his emaciated condition.

RSPCA regional superintendent Paul Stilgoe said: "Pets should not be forgotten or thrown out with the rubbish because people get bored with them or have acquired a 'better' model.

A spokesman said: "There was an abandoned rottweiller in Abbey Road, Barking.

"It was terribly thin, and was sadly put down when the vet discovered it had cancer."

"We get so many dogs abandoned in this area," said joint owner of Wanderers Haven animal sanctuary, Frankie Wagstaff.

"It isn't just puppies bought, but older dogs that people have grown tired of.

"Before buying an animal, people should look very carefully into it and ask themselves if they are able to look after it and walk it every day.

"People see a puppy and think 'how lovely' but when it starts to chew the furniture or gets bigger they don't want it anymore."

Superintendent for the RSPCA, Paul Stilgoe went on to say: "Despite repeated pleas to the public not to abandon pets, our animal centres are full and we have seen more abandoned animals in the South East this Christmas than ever before."

It was 30 years ago that Clarissa Baldwin, Chief Executive of the Dog's Trust, first coined the phrase: 'A dog is for life - not just for Christmas.'

But dogs are still being left to die by irresponsible owners - the RSPCA have received 299 calls about abandoned pets since Christmas.

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