Winchester abandoned dogs ‘doing well’


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Nine poodle-cross dogs abandoned in the Winchester district earlier this week (overnight on 20-21 January) and which caused a public outcry across the district are said to be recovering well.

The dogs – a mother aged around eight-years-old and eight younger dogs between one- and three-years-old – were found at several locations:  two at Longwood Dean Lane, Owslebury; three at Lower Baybridge Lane, Owslebury; three on the Morestead Road; and one found in Alresford and handed in to a local vet there.

The dogs were in poor condition, with severely matted fur and unable to stand or see properly.

Winchester City Council’s dog warden team acted swiftly, collecting the dogs and organising veterinary care and kennels.

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The dogs were kept in appalling condition.

The dogs have been clipped and treated by vets and they are now able to move more freely and behave normally.  They remain shy and some veterinary issues remain but they are responding well to affection.  Up to 12 kilos of fur was removed from each dog – the dogs were not used to walking easily because of the sheer weight of fur.

Cllr Jan Warwick is Winchester City Council’s Environment spokesperson and says it’s been one of the most distressing cases of animal cruelty ever seen in the Winchester district: “Our first priority has been and remains the welfare of the dogs and I am pleased to say that prompt action by our animal welfare team, the veterinary profession and our colleagues at the RSPCA means that the dogs are doing well in spite of their ordeal.

“I would like to thank the public and the media for their support in this difficult case.  This type of cruelty to animals has no place in our district and we will continue to seek evidence about those who treated the dogs so badly.”

The City Council says it has received kind offers from people wanting to take on ownership of the dogs. The investigation into who mistreated and abandoned the nine dogs in the Winchester district continues, with evidence still being gathered.