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14 May 2012, 06:00 | Updated: 14 May 2012, 06:41
An investigation's underway after a tiny puppy with an injured eye was found dumped outside a vet's in Hertfordshire.
Staff at the vets in Redbourn found Bob roaming around the car park after escaping from the cardboard box he had been left in overnight.
To make it worse he had a ruptured eye which vets at the surgery were unable to save.
The RSPCA are now appealing for information. RSPCA inspector Mel Fisher said:
“Poor Bob - he is absolutely tiny, and fits in the palm of your hand. He is only around eight weeks old and is probably the tiniest puppy that I have known to be abandoned. He really is that small and so I was very surprised he managed to survive after the ordeal he has been through.
“He was dumped during some horribly cold weather, and on top of that he had his ruptured eye and was so skinny, he is a very lucky pup to have survived.
“I cannot believe that someone would do this to such a poor innocent animal.
"He really has been through it all and he is currently suffering from sarcoptic mange and is riddled with worms, it is so bad he even had one come out of his nose. But he is a fighter and is pulling through and I just hope we can find the person responsible for dumping him.”
Anyone with information regarding who may have dumped Bob on 26 April 2012 – is urged to call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.