DOG OWNERS across Worcestershire are being urged to ensure their pets’ vaccinations are kept up-to-date after a stray dog who had been neglected died.
Terrier Bianca was picked in June by Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) officers with itchy red skin from mange and then she contracted Parvo.
Despite having top notch treatment from the council-funded vets, she passed away last week.
WRS animal welfare officer Pip Singleton said: “This poor little girl did not deserve the hand she had been dealt and all because her owners did not take her to the vets or keep up with vaccinations.
“During lockdown, as more people worked from home, they have gotten dogs and I am worried that as we approach freedom day, the novelty will have worn off as new owners discover what a responsibility having a pet can be, not to mention the costs.
“Before you get a dog please talk to us and if you have a pet and you are finding it all too much, let us know before it becomes too late and another little mite suffers unnecessarily.
“Finally, there’s lots of lovely dogs who need a home – remember to adopt, don’t shop.”
People wanting to speak to an animal welfare officer about getting a pet and what it entails, or if they are struggling, should call 01905 822799.