With her big brown eyes and one lopsided ear, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could abandon this gorgeous little puppy.
But that’s exactly what happened.
The pup, who was not microchipped and does not have a name, was found severely underweight in a garden outside a home in Saltfleetby near Louth on Wednesday, January 10.
She is believed to be an unwanted Christmas gift and an appeal has now been launched in a bid to find the person responsible for dumping her.
A spokesperson for East Lindsey District Council said it’s a mystery how the puppy, who is believed to be a German Shepherd Collie cross, came to be in the garden in the first place.
He said: “The owner of the property was not able to shed any light on how she could have got there as she is fenced and large dykes run around her property.
“It’s very difficult to say where and why she has ended up in Saltfleetby but she is very underweight, has now been vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated.
“The vet seems to think she’s around 12-14 weeks but it’s very hard to say for definite.
“She is possibly a German Shepherd x collie but, again, this is a guess.
“It looks like no one is going to come forward for her, so it is possible she was abandoned in the area as it looks unlikely she escaped and wandered into the garden.
“This little girl could be one of others in a litter, so we’d welcome anyone that may have purchased a sibling to come forward with information.
“She was not microchipped and, by law, all pups have to be chipped before being rehomed.
“The good news is, apart from her bodyweight, she is overall a healthy typical puppy, full of life, eating lots and generally doing well.
“We hope to rehome her as soon as her eight days is up and get her settled in a forever home.”
The little puppy’s current owner has eight days to claim her before she will be rehomed by Walkers Kennels in Grainthorpe, where she is currently staying.
But Bill Walker, owner of Walkers Kennels, believes she will not be claimed.
He told Lincolnshire Live: “We’ve got someone who wants to take her on if she is not claimed. The owners have eight days to claim her.
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“She won’t get claimed. She was in a bit of a mess. All skin and bones really. She wasn’t microchipped.
“I believe she was abandoned and an unwanted Christmas gift.
“Hopefully, she has got a good future ahead of her with someone happy to take her on.
“We did a home check yesterday and all being well, after eight days, she will be going there.”
If you think you know who her owner is, call 01507 601111 referring to EHDS/00256/18.