Ringwood RSPCA team sets out to find owner of abandoned Bruce

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Bruce was found near the RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre

THE RSPCA has launched an appeal for information to establish how a “very scared” dog ended up being left tied to a tree near one of its animal rescue centres near Ringwood.

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Officers from the charity were alerted by a member of the public who discovered the dogue de bordeaux cross Rottweiler while walking his own dog in a lane leading to the RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre, off Horton Road, on Wednesday 9th January.

Examination of the animal established he had a microchip, with the details revealing its name was registered as Bruce. But RSPCA inspector Jo Story pointed out these details were not up-to-date, which meant it could not be established whether he had been previously lost or even stolen.

“He was very scared and shaking when he was first found, with no sign of an owner around,” Insp. Story said.

“We’re not sure how long he was there as people could have driven by and not seen him. It was a dog who noticed him first and alerted its owner.”

From the details on the microchip, the officers gauged that Bruce is 16 months old and was most recently rehomed with his sister to a woman in Bournemouth around four months ago. However, efforts to get in touch with this person have proved unsuccessful.

Calling for the public’s help, Insp. Story continued: “We’re really keen to hear from anyone who recognises Bruce, knows where he came from, or who knows how he came to be left alone.

“He’s very affectionate and enjoys attention. He is a lovely dog.”

Facebook users vented their anger at the incident in response to an appeal posted on the RSPCA Ashley Heath page.

One wrote: “Gorgeous dog. How sad he must be. How can some humans be so heartless? Shame on the person who did this.”

Another posted: “Find the owners and tie them to the p***ing tree.”

Anyone with information about Bruce should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Insp. Story.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, visit www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/donate.

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