This case is deeply disturbing and somewhat bizarre. Leaving the dogs in a car could be some misguided attempt to give them shelter until they were found – but it could also have led to the dogs not being spotted until it was too late. And surely, even if the car is stolen, it will contain evidence that could lead to the person who did this? I hope it does, and that they are made to understand the suffering they have caused.
Reading stories like this, I sometimes despair. While many pet-owners face the heartbreaking decision to rehome their pets through no fault of their own, it seems that a growing number of people are prepared to treat animals in an unbelievably callous and heartless way, as if they were disposable commodities that can be tossed aside like an unwanted toy. There is absolutely no excuse for abandoning a dog, when even an anonymous phone call would be enough to ensure that an animal is picked up, looked after and eventually rehomed.
I hope that some good will come of this situation, in the form of better education about the responsibilities of dog ownership and tougher penalties for cruelty and abandonment. But I’m not holding my breath, and in the meantime the best we can do is try to do something constructive to support the rescue and rehabilitation of those animals that so badly need it.
And if you do know or suspect anything that can help those six Lurchers, please call Staffordshire Police on 101 and quote incident 871 of January 11.