Disabled dog found tied to tree in secluded area unable to even lay down

Defford was rescued by the RSPCA after a member of the Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings team discovered him at the far end of a picnic area without food or water

Defford was intentionally abandoned near Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a disbaled dog was found tied to a tree in a secluded patch of land.

The dog, who has been named Defford by rescuers, was found at around 4pm on Sunday near Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings in Redditch Road, Stoke Heath.

Kindhearted members of the museum’s team spotted the dog had been left tied to a tree before calling police after becoming concerned he’d intentionally been abandoned.

Defford – who was named after the police officer who helped him to safety – is thought to be a young German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois cross and is around a year old.

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Defford is thought to be about a year old



RSPCA Inspector Nicola Johnson, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who helped Defford. He is currently in RSPCA care and doing well.

“It really upsets me to think his owner had decided to just dump him like rubbish and simply walk away from their terrified pet.

“He must have been very confused and frightened to be tied up and abandoned like this. He has deformed rear legs and a very distinct walk so he should be easily identifiable to anyone who has seen him before.

“He is such a sweet and gentle-natured dog. It’s heartbreaking to think someone has abandoned him because of his legs.

“Unfortunately, dogs are often bred with their looks in mind and not their health and welfare, and in Defford’s case, their deformities may well be a result of poor breeding.

He is a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois cross



Defford’s deformities may well be a result of poor breeding



“During the pandemic, pet ownership emerged with estimates of more than 3.2m people taking on new pets.

“With the worrying rise in prices and energy bills, and more people also returning to the workplace following lockdown restrictions, we fear the increased stress and pressures will see a rise in abandonment, neglect and even abuse of animals.

“He is microchipped and we have followed up on the information regarding his microchip and previous owner, but they have told us the details had not been updated upon them selling the dog, therefore our inquiries continue.

“I am appealing for anyone with any information on Defford and how he came to be abandoned to contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

Zoe Willems, director of the Avoncroft Museum, described the moment they found a scared Defford alone and tied to a tree.

She said: “We found him at the far end of the picnic field which is not part of the pay-for-entry site, and is not in regular use, only for special events and when reenactors camp for a special event like this weekend’s International Living History Festival.

“That’s the only reason we were there at the time – we wouldn’t otherwise go up to that part of the site, even on a weekly basis.

“Defford was found tucked into the woodland edge of the field, so not immediately visible – had he not barked when we got closer we wouldn’t have known he was there.

“There was no food and water and we couldn’t see much mess so don’t think he was there that long, but he had clearly trodden down a circle through pacing when the lead allowed him to.

“However, he’d been there long enough to get the lead very twisted on itself and as you can see from pictures, he ended up unable to lie down or move very much at all.

“We fetched water and treats and made friends with him as he was understandably very wary and nervous.

“We then sat with him and walked him round the field – he is clearly a lovely dog, and has been looked after and loved – very good natured and actually very trusting once we’d made friends.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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