Concern over abandoned dogs this Christmas

5011032 SSFF lonely dog 'Frank Conyon with Lonely the Chocolate Labrador that was abandoned outside Last Chance Kennels, Thornton
5011032 SSFF lonely dog 'Frank Conyon with Lonely the Chocolate Labrador that was abandoned outside Last Chance Kennels, Thornton
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A DOG has been left dumped outside kennels and the fear is that he may be replaced by another at Christmas.

The chocolate Labrador, which has now been named ‘Lonely’, was abandoned early on Monday morning outside the Second Chance Kennels in Balbeggie Avenue, Thornton.

Phyllis Carter, who owns Pet Care next door to the kennels, said: “I’m up early so I saw the car go slowly up the road, but it was too dark to see what type of car it was.

“The dog tried to run after the car but he couldn’t keep up so came back to the exact spot where he was left.

“It’s a very narrow road and I couldn’t coax him in.

‘‘ I had called Ena Conyon at Second Chance to tell her but I had to keep going out and stopping cars so he wouldn’t get hit until she arrived.

Barking

‘‘Every time a car came he tried to follow it.”

Ena Conyon said: “He was so scared and was barking his head off.

“Of course we didn’t know what kind of temperament he had, so I got some chicken and laid a trail into the kennels. He followed it because he was cold and hungry - this was about three hours after he had been abandoned.

“Once we got him inside he wagged his tail and was all over us, he’s a lovely old thing.

Older dog

“We think he is an older dog and has quite a few scars on him and nails that are very long.

‘‘His pads also flat, not like those of a dog that has had regular exercise which is really really sad.

“We’re happy to take him in. I just hope he hasn’t been left for a Christmas puppy.

“Dogs don’t choose to live with us, we choose to have a dog.”