A miniature puppy no bigger than a bowl of food is being given a new home after being found dumped in a bin bag in Manchester.
The six-week-old Jack Russell and Chihuahua cross, named ‘Stuart Little’ because of his tiny stature, was found whimpering on a wasteland on Water Street, Atherton, on November 1 after being stripped of his mother.
And since his rescue by a passer-by, the RSPCA have been helping the petite pup back to health and he is now ready to be given a new family to take care of him.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood said: “Whoever dumped him in this way wasn’t giving him a fighting chance.
“Abandoning him in the way they did, where they did, they must have expected him to die and it’s likely he would have if he’d been there all night.”
Although it is a little too early for Stuart to leave the care centre, he has found a new home to be looked after in after the dreadful circumstances he was found in.
“He was dehydrated but not too cold,” Mr Strangwood added. “The woman who found him probably saved his life. It was a really cold night so he can’t have been there for very long.
“The pup, a white, black and tan male, is thought to have been aged between 6-8 weeks old when he was found, too young to be away from his mum.”
Staff are keen to hear from anybody who thinks they can offer one of the many animals in care a place to call their own though.
Anyone in the area who is interested in offering a rescue animal a second chance should call RSPCA Manchester & Salford branch on 0161 882 0680.
And anyone with any information about who owned Stuart Little is urged to contact us on our 24-hour cruelty line: 0300 1234 999 and leave a message for Deputy Chief Inspector Strangwood.