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Dying Dog Dumped In Southend
The RSPCA are trying to find the owners of a dog found dumped and dying on the stairwell of a block of flats in Southend.
The female Staffordshire Bull Terrier, thought to be between three and six years old, was discovered on the thirteenth floor of the Malvern Flats in Coleman Street on Tuesday 2nd June.
Caretakers came across her at around 8.30am, just behind the door that led to the stairs. She was clearly unwell, and despite attempts to give her water and comfort she died just minutes later.
RSPCA inspector Matt Gough said: “This was such a sad story.
“This poor dog was alive when the caretakers discovered her, but incredibly weak. She was making attempts to stand but repeatedly collapsed to the floor.
“They offered her water but she died just minutes after being discovered. It was just too late.”
Matt added: “It is difficult to know what it was that killed her as there were no obvious signs of injury or illness, and she was in reasonable body condition.
“There is no way she could have found her way so high up in the block of flats in that state though, plus she was in an enclosed area that she could not have accessed by herself. She had clearly been put there and left there by someone overnight - in this very poorly state.
“There was no microchip to identify her, but it might be that someone is missing her. We urge anyone with any information about what happened to contact us on 0300 123 8018.”
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