Poor dog found ‘frantically barking’ after being dumped along busy A-road

A poor dog was found "frantically barking" after being fly-tipped near a busy A-road.

The adorable pooch was discovered with bags of rubbish as other cars whizzed past.

Passing motorists were shocked after finding the little red Spitz abandoned in a lay-by close to the busy road road.

One driver stopped after seeing the dog next to the A23 London Road in Bolney, West Sussex on Friday.

The RSPCA believes the dog could have been stolen but had been callously discarded by the thief.

Now investigators are appealing for the pet's rightful owner to come forward, but are staying guarded about the dogs detail, even its sex, so they can trust anyone who comes forward claiming it is theirs.

RSPCA Inspector Rachel Smith, who responded to the call, said: "The poor little dog had been fly tipped along with bags of rubbish like a broken fridge or an old mattress.

"The two-year-old was spotted frantically barking at the rubbish sacks and was clearly very distressed at being left behind.

"The dog had been left in an extremely dangerous spot in a lay-by on the slip road from London Road onto the A23, a very fast and busy dual carriageway.

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"It's a miracle that, in such a distressed state, the little dog didn't panic and run into the road either getting hit by a car or cause a huge accident."

The dog is still in good health with a nice well-groomed coat and good teeth, and is extremely friendly and affectionate, but isn't microchipped.

RSPCA Insp Smith said: "My suspicion is that this little dog, who is quite a desirable 'designer' breed may have been stolen from his rightful owners and has been dumped by the thief.

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"I don't want to say too much about the little dog – including whether it's a male or a female – as I'd like to hear from anyone who believes the Spitz may belong to them or may have been stolen or gone missing.

"I'm following up several leads as to who is responsible for fly tipping this poor little dog in such an irresponsible and dangerous manner and would also like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who knows who may be responsible."

The young dog is now safe and well in RSPCA care while officers investigate. If an owner who can prove the dog belongs to them does not come forward then the charity will seek to rehome.

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