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Starving dogs dumped in Biggin Hill

PUBLISHED: 09:12 30 December 2010

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Animal welfare officers are hunting cruel owners who left two dogs for dead in a "wretched" state near to an animal sanctuary.

One of the dogs — which were abandoned yards from Foal Farm animal rescue centre in Biggin Hill in the middle of the night — had to be destroyed by vets in Meopham who managed to save the life of the other.

Because the centre was closed RSPCA officers came to the rescue of the animals, a boxer and a Staffordshire bull terrier, which were both emaciated and covered in blood.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “It was extremely cruel to abandon these two dogs, so late at night. They were both very undernourished and needed veterinary attention.”

Inspectors are now trying to trace the owners of a red transit van with no registration plate which was seen near the entrance to Foal Farm at midnight on December 14.

Ms Smith added: “We are hoping that the description of the red transit van might jog someone’s memory and we are asking anyone with any relevant information to call us.”

Head of dog welfare at Foal Farm, Clive Martin, said that they have seen a “massive” increase in demand in the last 18 months due to the recession.

He said: “This year has been exceptional in terms of unwanted animals being dumped.

“People have been losing their homes in the economic crisis and they can’t carry on supporting the pet.”

“The overwhelming message would be not to give pets as gifts.”

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “There is always an increase in abandoned pets after Christmas but not normally in this condition. This is highly unusual but unfortunately we have seen a lot of cruelty.”

Anyone who may have seen the red transit van in Biggin Hill are urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.

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