Tiny puppy who couldn't use back legs dumped to die in rucksack in woods

A TINY puppy who could not use his back legs has been rescued after being dumped in a rucksack in the woods.

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The cockapoo, who is just eight or nine weeks old, was abandoned by a man in Finchampstead Woods in Berkshire on February 10. Witnesses rushed the helpless puppy, now called Watson, to a local vet who alerted the RSPCA.

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Inspector Andy Eddy said: “The puppy is only approximately eight or nine weeks old and initially seemed very poorly when he was first taken in by the vets.“Witnesses had been walking through the woods when they saw a man dump the bag - a black Reebok rucksack - before running off.

"When they looked inside the rucksack they discovered the little curly-haired pup in a paper bag.

“Vets initially had concerns as the puppy didn’t appear to be able to use his rear legs and they suspected a neurological problem.

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Watson has been rescued after being dumped in a rucksack in the woods (Image: RSPCA)

"However, they’ve run numerous tests and have been unable to come to a conclusion as to what is making him unsteady on his back legs.

“He’s got stronger and is improving every day.

"He’s now bright and bouncy, and his mobility is much better.

"He can be weak on his rear end and has some strange episodes where he appears to go a little vacant so this will be monitored."

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The cockapoo was abandoned in Finchampstead Woods on February 10 (Image: RSPCA)It is thought Watson was dumped either by a breeder or his owner due to his health issues.

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The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.Inspector Eddy said: “I believe he may have been abandoned due to his health problems.

"Perhaps a breeder felt they’d be unable to sell him, or perhaps an owner was concerned about the cost of veterinary treatment.

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The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information to get in touch (Image: RSPCA)

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"Either way, I’m looking into the circumstances and would be keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident or who may know who is responsible to call us on 0300 123 8018.

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Times are hard and we appreciate that pet ownership and vet bills can be expensive but it is never acceptable to abandon an animal in this way, particularly one who is sick and vulnerable.”Watson is now being cared for by the RSPCA's Millbrook Animal Rescue Centre in Surrey.

The centre has asked that people do not contact them to enquire about him as he is not yet available for rehoming.

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