RSPCA appeals for information after severely injured lurcher puppy thrown over garden fence

The RSPCA is appealing for information after an injured five-month-old lurcher was found dumped in a garden in Dartford. 

A member of the public found the trembling lurcher, who was suffering from a severe leg injury as well as puncture wounds all over his body, in their garden in Queens Gardens in Dartford on Monday (16 January) at around 10pm.


CCTV footage revealed that the poor dog had been thrown over the garden fence and abandoned.


The member of the public who found him immediately took him to Medivet Enterprise House vets in Dartford who contacted the RSPCA.


Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) Brian Milligan said: “This poor lurcher puppy was callously thrown over a garden fence and left to suffer with multiple injuries. He must have been in a lot of pain, scared and confused. We don’t know how the lurcher, who we’ve now named Stanley, came to get these wounds but they are concerningly consistent with injuries we see in dog fighting. We believe this young pup could have been used as ‘bait’ to train other dogs.”


The CCTV footage shows a vehicle pull up round the back of the gardens in a communal garage area and what appears to be a white male get out of the vehicle and look over the fence. He then lifts the lurcher puppy into the air and throws him over the fence and into the garden before leaving.


Brian added: “We are now appealing for anyone with information to please contact us, in strictest confidence, on the inspectorate appeal line 0300 123 8018. If you saw anything suspicious in the area on Monday night or live in the area and also have CCTV, or have any information at all which could help our investigation, please get in touch.”


Stanley has now been taken to the RSPCA Finsbury Park Animal Hospital in London for some much-needed treatment and TLC. The dog isn’t microchipped and has cuts all over his body, his leg is severely injured and infected and will most likely need to be amputated. He also has a deep wound on his face and another deep wound on his ear. 


Brian added: “The poor dog is understandably shook up and trembling. He’s now on pain relief and getting the treatment that he needs. So far he is doing well but he’s not out of the woods yet sadly.”


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