Appeal for puppy food for emaciated dog caught after a week running scared in fields around Chatteris
PUBLISHED: 11:26 08 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:59 08 April 2018
An emaciated dog, with no fur and missing half her tail, is receiving emergency vet care after a week on the run in fields around Chatteris.
The whippet cross, nicknamed Bunny, was caught in a special £800 dog trap after rescuers set it up on private land on the bends near the Ramsey Fort Foot turn.
Now, an appeal has gone out for grain-free puppy food and donations to her vet bill, to help nurse the two year old animal back to good health.
Shelley Ridgeon, of Fen-based Ravenswood Pet Rescue, said: “Bunny is about 6kg underweight and needs lots of veterinary care as well as plenty of cuddles.
“We put the trap out at about 3pm on Saturday and by 11.30pm she had gone in, so it took about eight an a half hours. She was really nervous and kept running off into fields.
“We laced the trap with tuna and all of the fishy oil, then crumbled up plenty of flakes of fish and lots of dog meat to entice her in.”
Once caught, she immediately went into the back of their rescue van with Fenland dog warden Caroline Trigg, who stayed in the back with her, as they took the frightened animal to Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough where she remains, receiving emergency care.
“We need to say a massive thank you to everybody who helped fund raise for this trap over a year ago, every single rescue with it has been a success,” Shelley said.
“It has been £800 well spent as we have caught dogs on the loose across the region.”
Bunny is getting a skin scrape to determine why she has no fur and is being treated for a leg wound.
She is eating little and often to build up her weight gradually.
Shelley said: “The vets said she has eaten really well, she is really hungry, but we’ve got to be careful she doesn’t over do things by eating too much too soon.”
Once Bunny has regained strength she will live with a foster carer before looking for her forever home.
• If you can help please take donations of grain-free Wainwright or James Well Beloved puppy food to: Best Friends vets in March, the Ravenswood Pet Rescue thrift store next to Dickies pet store in Walsoken or 17 Estover Road, March. To donate visit their website.