Pregnant bulldog left abandoned in a London alley with a dead puppy inside her ruptured uterus
The bulldog was covered in feces from the inside of a dirty crate that she was abandoned in and was immediately rushed to the animal hospital nearby
A pregnant bulldog that was abandoned with a dead puppy still inside her was found by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and nicknamed Florence by animal rights staff. The mother was covered in feces from the inside of a dirty crate that she was abandoned in. She was immediately rushed to the vet who discovered a dead puppy inside her ruptured uterus. She is believed to be between two and four years old.
The Daily Mail reported that she is still in critical condition but is being treated with medication. Staff at the RSPCA believe that it is very likely that the dog had been giving birth when she was abandoned.
A member of the public stumbled across the dog and called the organization immediately. RSPCA officer Nicola Thomas, the one who found Florence, said that she couldn't tell what color the dog was originally when she first found her.
She said: "Dumping a dog for any reason is heartbreaking, but to think that this girl was so poorly abandoned and also in the midst of labor is just tragic. The long dark alleyway is extremely difficult to find and leads to a park area, so it could be that the person who dumped poor Florence could be local and knows the area."
She continued: "It is also clear that Florence has had numerous puppies in the past and was probably a breeding dog, so therefore if anyone thinks they have had a puppy from her we would also urge them to get in touch. Florence is in a very bad state but the staff at the hospital are doing all they can to make her comfortable and we just hope she has the strength to pull through."
The dog is currently being treated at the Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital in Finsbury Park, which is not far from where she was first spotted. She was rushed into surgery immediately after she was found on December 2. The staff at the animal hospital described her as being friendly even though she experienced a "heartbreaking ordeal".
A spokesperson for the hospital said: "When she came to us, we did an ultrasound that showed the presence of a dead fetus in her uterus. Sadly, it is most likely she was having difficulty giving birth when she was abandoned. If she had been seen by a vet sooner they could have intervened and maybe helped and saved her pup."