Eight-week-old puppy found dumped in handbag with legs tied together

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An eight-week-old puppy found dumped with its legs tied together and left in a handbag dangling from a charity shop door “could easily have died”, the RSPCA has said.

Radley, thought to be a border terrier cross, had his circulation cut off by a hairband tied around his legs, but is recovering after being spotted by a passer-by, the charity said.

The puppy was taken to the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital in south-west London after being found in a red handbag hanging from the door of a shop on The Broadway, Greenford, west London, at 2am on Monday.

The puppy was found with his legs tied together with an elasticated hairband (RSPCA/PA)
The puppy was found with his legs tied together with an elasticated hairband (RSPCA/PA)

“We have come across similar cases but it’s concerning to see how young the puppy was.”

Radley – who was abandoned with an unopened tin of dog food and a note stuck to the outside of the bag which read ‘Found this puppy’ – is in a fairly good condition except for some digestive problems, according to the animal welfare charity.

A passer-by spotted the puppy stranded in this red handbag left hanging on a charity shop door (RSPCA/PA)
A passer-by spotted the puppy stranded in this red handbag left hanging on a charity shop door (RSPCA/PA)

RSPCA inspector Phil Norman said: “There’s absolutely no excuse for leaving a young, vulnerable puppy like this in such awful circumstances.”

CCTV footage from the area is being checked and the charity is seeking witnesses in a bid to trace whoever is responsible.

Radley will be rehomed through one of the charity’s centres (RSPCA/PA)

The RSCPA urged members of the public not to call the hospital about him to avoid blocking the lines for emergencies.

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