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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was abandoned in Hampshire.
The RSPCA was alerted after a member of the public discovered a the young female black Labrador (thought to be about a year old) tethered to a gate by a footpath at the side of the road at Alderholt, Fordingbridge in Hampshire at around 6pm on Monday 9 August.
The concerned member of the public and her son waited with the dog for two hours to see if anyone was looking for her and when no one showed up an RSPCA officer collected the dog and took her to the RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre, near Ringwood.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer, Jo Blackburn who picked up the dog, named Bessy by RSPCA staff, said she was in good condition but was nervous as a result of her ordeal.
Now the RSPCA is appealing for information in a bid to trace the owners of this dog and find out how she can to be where she was discovered.
AWO Blackburn said: "The circumstances in which this dog was found suggest that she was probably abandoned but we are keen to hear from anyone who recognises her or who has information about how she came to be where she was found."
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999 and leave a message for AWO Blackburn. Calls are treated in confidence.