THE RSPCA is caring for a puppy with a deformed leg which was found at a recreational area in Shirebrook.
A member of the public found the puppy, thought to be a Staffordshire bull terrier cross, on 23rd June near Recreation Drive and contacted the RSPCA after taking the animal home.
An inspector came to collect the dog and took him to a vet who confirmed the puppy had a deformed front left leg, which he most likely was born with.
The puppy has since been named Derek at the RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch where he is being cared for.
Derek was found in immaculate condition and is thought not to have been lost but dumped, because of his age and deformity.
He has settled in well and staff say that he is getting around well on his three healthy legs and that he is behaving like a normal healthy puppy.
Derek is about nine weeks old and is thought to be a Staffordshire bull terrier cross. The vet will look at Derek’s leg again in the next few weeks, however the likely outcome is that it will have to be amputated in the future.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.