Puppy with missing paw abandoned on Christmas Eve

A puppy with a missing paw has been rescued after being abandoned in a carrier bag in a car park on Christmas Eve.

The pup, who is missing his paw and part of his rear leg, has been named Buddy by rescuers.

He is now getting the care he needs and the RSPCA has launched an appeal for information.

He was found at about 10am on Sunday in the car park at Tottenham Marshes, Watermead Way, London, by a dog walker who helped him to safety and called the animal welfare charity.

RSPCA animal rescue officer, Nicola Thomas, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity, said: “This lovely little chap was deliberately abandoned, tied in an Iceland carrier bag.

“Had it not been for the kind actions of the passer-by who lent a helping hand, we might be looking at a different outcome.

“He’s a little underweight and is missing his paw and part of his rear leg because of a deformity, which looks sore on the end. He’s now getting the care he needs at our animal hospital.

“It must have been a very frightening and bewildering experience for him and it’s just very sad to see a young dog being heartlessly cast aside and left in circumstances like this, especially on Christmas Eve."

The latest abandonment comes at a time when the RSPCA is reporting that animal abandonment incidents have risen to a three-year high.

Already this year, up to the end of November, the animal welfare charity has received 19,457 reports of abandoned animals.

In November alone, 1,619 incidents of abandonment were reported to the RSPCA.