2nd Dec, 2016

UPDATE: Abandoned Christmas puppy found in Solihull park dies

Solihull Editorial 23rd Dec, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

AN ABANDONED four-month-old German Shepherd dumped and left to die in a Solihull park has tragically died.

The puppy, named Angel by staff at Birmingham Dogs’ Home died this afternoon (Wednesday, December 23), despite the best efforts of staff and vets.

A statement from the charity read: “We have just received an update from our vets, and it is with great sadness and a heavy heart to announce that due to her severe injuries, our little Angel has passed away.

“Our vets did everything they could to help save Angel, but it soon became apparent that her injuries were far more severe than was first thought and following a further x-ray, we learnt that she also had a fractured spine which paralysed her rear legs.

“We are so sorry to have to give you this news, but we would like to thank everyone for their kind words and due to all your amazing generosity, her vets bills have now been covered and any further donations will go towards helping another homeless dog that also requires veterinary care.”

Angel – as she was aptly named by Dogs’ Home staff – had already survived a life-saving operation and also has fractured ribs, puncture wounds which are consistent of those of a dog attack, and acute septicaemia caused by neglect of her injuries and open wounds.

She was discovered early yesterday (Tuesday, December 22) by a dog walker in Elmdon Park who noticed his dog was rummaging in bushes. On closer inspection he saw the pup hidden under the hedge, lying in a blue plastic bed, covered with antiseptic cream and fighting for life. She was wrapped in a conspicuously unusual black and red coat.

Angel was brought to Birmingham Dogs’ Home desperately ill and was immediately sent for urgent veterinary treatment.

Areika Bickerton, manager of Birmingham Dogs’ Home’s new Catherine-de-Barnes centre, was shocked at the pup’s condition on its arrival, as were staff members, most of whom are used to witnessing abused and sick dogs, but who were in tears and deeply emotional when they saw Angel.

The charity is making an appeal for help with Angel’s veterinary costs which have already exceeded £600 . If you would like to donate towards Angel’s recovery, text VETS28 £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070, call 0121 643 5211 or visit www.birminghamdogshome.org.uk