“We rushed her to a veterinary surgery where they discovered she was covered in fleas and maggots, was dehydrated and had critically low blood glucose levels.A heavily-pregnant dog covered in fleas and maggots was cruelly dumped in a cardboard box in Surrey (Image: RSPCA)
“The vet team put her straight on a drip to get vital fluids into her little body.
“A scan showed Penny was carrying six puppies.
“Just a day after she was rescued, she gave birth, but very sadly none of the puppies survived.READ MORE: Dog suffers HORRIFIC injuries after being shot in the mouth TWICE
“Had she been taken care of properly all of her puppies may well have survived.
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“Thank goodness Penny was found when she was, otherwise she too may not have pulled through.”Brave Penny will eventually be rehomed by the charity.DON'T MISSHeartbreaking photos show adorable dog tied up and abandoned [PICTURES]The sickening reality INSIDE a puppy farm revealed [VIDEO]Dog smashed with hammer and dumped in river by owner [INSIGHT]The dog, now called Penny, gave birth a day later but her puppies did not survive (Image: RSPCA )
It comes as the RSPCA is preparing for a surge in abandoned animals due to the coronavirus crisis.
The charity typically sees a spike in dumped pets in the summer but fears this year could be even worse as the lockdown eases and people struggle financially.
Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “During lockdown we've seen pets become a source of comfort and support for people and it appears many people have taken on new animals.
“Fortunately during this time we've dealt with fewer abandoned pets however we are worried that as lockdown eases, people return to work, go on holidays or struggle financially we will be facing a massive surge of animal abandonments.Brave Penny will eventually be rehomed by the charity (Image: RSPCA)
“Sadly summer tends to bring with it a surge in abandoned animals.
“We don't know why but it may be a combination of the warmer weather making people feel less guilty about dumping a pet to fend for themselves and people doing away on holiday abandoning pets instead of arranging care for them.”
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Since the lockdown came into force in March the RSPCA has received 3,492 reports of abandoned animals.
The huge total includes 1,509 dogs, 1,165 cats, 299 small animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs and ferrets and 275 exotic pets.Mr Murphy added: “This is the toughest year yet for the RSPCA despite the huge challenges, our amazing teams have been continuing to rescue animals throughout this crisis.
“I'd urge anyone struggling with their pet to ask for help. Animals have been there to help us through the crisis, please don't abandon them now.”
The RSPCA launched an emergency appeal in April to keep its rescuers on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.