Notts animal shelter rescues abandoned husky found tied up outside primary school

An abandoned and confused husky dog which was found tied up outside a primary school has been taken to a Notts rescue centre.

Friday, 14th January 2022, 11:34 am
Updated Friday, 14th January 2022, 11:34 am

The RSPCA is investigating after the male, grey and white husky cross dog was found tied to a telegraph pole outside the entrance to Eskdale Junior School, on Ghost House Lane, Beeston, by parents on Monday (January 10).

Concerned members of the public stayed with the abandoned animal until RSPCA inspector Keith Ellis went to collect him, and took him into the care of the charity’s Radcliffe Animal Centre at Radcliffe on Trent.

Mr Ellis said: “The dog was tied up to a wooden post with a piece of thin blue rope.

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Radcliffe on Trent Nottinghamshire RSPCA centre have taken in a husky found ties to a tree at Beeston

"He is microchipped with contact details registered but they appear to be out-of-date. We’ve made enquiries and hope to be able to reunite him with his owner who may be missing him.

“His microchip was registered in July, 2019 and we believe he is around two to three-years-old. His name wasn’t recorded on his chip so the staff taking care of him have named him Storm.

“I’d be really keen to find out where he’s come from or who is responsible for abandoning him so if anyone recognises him, has any information about him, or saw anything suspicious in the area on Monday, please give our appeal line a call on 0300 123 8018.

“We understand that things may be difficult for some at the moment, particularly as the impact of the pandemic is being felt by many. But we would urge pet owners never to abandon their pet and to ask for help if they are struggling.”

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Pet ownership soared during lockdown and the RSPCA fears that more pets, like Storm, could end up being abandoned by owners who are struggling to cope.

With the return to work, the end of furlough and the worrying rise in prices and energy bills, especially over the cold winter months, the charity fears the increased stress and pressures will see a rise in abandonment of animals.

Animal abandonment levels have risen to almost pre-pandemic levels, the charity fears. With 3,004 abandonment incidents in England and Wales last winter, more animals are facing a bleak winter.

During recent months, abandonment rose by around 20% compared to 2020 figures.

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