We all remember the television campaign, but it seems that many people still think of dogs as the perfect Christmas present, without considering the long term commitment.
The puppy, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull terrier cross-breed, was handed to the RSPCA in Wirral last week after a passer-by found her tied to the motorway bridge.
A black Shar Pei was also discovered nearby, fuelling the charities concerns.
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes has highlighted the importance of responsible ownership. He said: “People don’t realise that it is a criminal matter to just dump a pet you are responsible for and if caught, you will be put in front of magistrates.“
He continued: “A sad scared little puppy dumped and left to die in freezing weather, it’s appalling. If people want a pet then they should, after a lot of thought, concentrate wholeheartedly on being a good owner and meeting the animal’s needs.”
Thankfully, this puppy’s ordeal is now over, and she has been taken in by Wirral and Chester RSPCA where staff say she is doing well.