Blindness fears for Skip the one-eyed pug puppy (Image: RSPCA)
Pitiful Skip, the 11-week-old pug, has been given a suitable name after being thrown away like rubbish in freezing, wintry conditions to face a life of blindness. There were fears that Skip would lose his sight completely because his other eye was bulbous and cloudy when he was discovered. Now, the pet so heartlessly dumped is getting the care and attention he deserves from animal cruelty investigators, pet carers and veterinary eye specialists.
As the RSPCA attempts to track down the person who dumped Skip in the Twyning area of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, last month, vets are hopeful they will save his sight.
RSPCA Inspector Thea Kerrison today condemned the way Skip had been so callously thrown away.
She said: “He is the sweetest little thing and just eleven weeks old. Sadly, the vet discovered he had just one eye, and we initially thought he would be permanently blind in this eye, which is very bulbous and cloudy. It’s now hoped the eye can be saved, and hopefully with it, Skip’s sight.
“It is such a cruel thing to do to just discard an animal who is desperately in need of help. To think a puppy in such a shocking condition was just thrown away is heartbreaking.”
Skip the one-eyed pug puppy is getting specialist care to save his sight (Image: RSPCA)
There are hopes Skip will soon be found a permanent home. In the meantime, he is being rehabilitated at the Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home where he is impressing staff with his powers of recovery.
Rehoming team leader at the home James Tubb is optimistic for Skip's future with the puppy fighting for his health and gets stronger by the day.
Mr Tubb said: “He came in with just one eye, which was very swollen and cloudy, and we feared it could rupture.
“It’s now improving thanks to the treatment he’s received from the eye specialist and veterinary teams. He’s certainly not out of the woods yet, although he’s happy and eating well."
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Skip is getting the specialist care he deserves (Image: RSPCA)
Mr Tubb added: “He’s having treatment every two hours at the moment and will be going into foster care soon so he can be given the extra care and attention he needs at this stage in his recovery.
“Other than his eye, he’s now doing really well. He’s not confident at walking just yet, he keeps reversing back into people. We suspect he’s not had the opportunity to learn to walk and has perhaps been kept in cramped conditions before he was dumped.”
Anyone with information about Skip and the person who dumped him should call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.