A dog was dumped in a pub car park on Christmas Eve in Oldham.
The dog, which has been named Buddy after the character from the Christmas film Elf, was abandoned in the car park of the Welcome Inn at about 6.20pm yesterday.
It wad found in a black material pet carrier in a dark corner of the car park.
Buddy was found by the landlords of the pub, and it was taken inside while the RSPCA came to collect it.
The RSPCA says it is unsure who the dog belongs to, and is appealing for anyone with information to help.
Nichola Waterworth, the RSPCA inspector who found the dog and named him Buddy, the character played by Will Ferrell in the film, said: “The landlord and landlady found him when they moved their car.
“They phoned us and took him into the pub where some of their customers kindly kept hold of him until I arrived to collect him.
“The landlord checked the CCTV but it didn’t cover the corner where he was found so we’re appealing to anyone who recognises him to get in touch.
“He is microchipped, but the details are with a company called Smart Chip and they appear to be closed for Christmas. We’ve tried calling them but just get an automated message so we’ve been unable to track any owners yet.
“There could be so many things that could have resulted in him being found in the car park; maybe someone did abandon him on purpose, or maybe he was stolen and then abandoned.
“I find it very hard to believe someone has maliciously abandoned this gorgeous little boy, but you never know; this job is always surprising me.
“Sadly the RSPCA deals with thousands of abandoned animals every year. That’s why we always urge people to do lots of homework before taking on a pet so they understand the commitment and responsibility involved in caring for an animal.”
The RSPCA can be contacted on 0300 123 8018.
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