AN ABANDONED dog with suspected cancer has been found roaming the streets of Evesham after his owners couldn’t face the crippling vet bills.
Howard, an elderly collie-cross with rheumatism and arthritis in his leg and suspected cancer in his nose and face was picked up by Worcestershire’s Dog Warden Pip Singleton on Monday, June 29.
It is believed Howard’s owners dumped him due to the expensive medical treatment he vitally needed, leading to Mrs Singleton to urge potential pet owners to consider the costs before committing, as the number of elderly dogs with untreated medical conditions coming to the kennels is increasing.
Mrs Singleton recognises that vet fees can be costly but says there are ways owners can get help or pay for treatment if they find themselves in financial difficulty.
“Why people dump their old faithfuls is beyond me and it is so sad to see them sat in our kennels when at their age they should be relaxed, loved and snuggled in their dog bed,” said Mrs Singleton.
“This dog has been a loving companion and a fun cute puppy at some time in his life, you would think it wasn’t a lot to ask of an owner to care for him to the end of his days.
“Taking on any pet is rewarding but also a commitment both in time and money so please look into this before getting a pet because they are for life,” she added.