CCTV captures man abandoning 'terrified' dog outside care home

23 October 2019, 15:09 | Updated: 23 October 2019, 16:51

A man has been spotted on CCTV tying up a dog in the dark and abandoning it outside a care home in County Durham.

The Staffordshire cross was left at the Parklands Care Home in Seaham, just after 5am on 10 October.

Staff there found the frightened dog around two hours later and, after checking their CCTV, they called the RSPCA.

The animal charity has nicknamed the three-year-old Panda because of his distinctive black and white markings.

Inspector Cathy Maddison said the footage showed a "tall man with his hood up with Panda" before dumping him in the early hours.

She suspects his owner gave him up because he could no longer look after him, adding: "Panda was taken to the vet where staff found he was microchipped but his chip wasn't registered.

"Unfortunately we respond to thousands of calls every year where an animal has been abandoned because their owner simply can't take care of them anymore.

"Pets are a huge commitment and responsibility, and they can be expensive, so we find many dogs, cats, horses and other pets are abandoned every year.

Ms Maddison has described Panda as "a lovely boy" - but said he was "really confused" and "absolutely terrified".

"It's so sad" - she said.

The RSPCA is trying to track down the owner.

Anyone with information is asked to call their appeal line on 0300 123 8018.