When two tiny chihuahuas were found dumped by the side of a busy road – one blind and one missing a foot – their future didn’t look bright.
But after four months of care and treatment by the RSPCA, the mother and daughter (pictured) are now looking for a new home.
Three-year-old bitch, Peggy, and her six-week-old puppy, Pip, were found dumped beside the A127 in Basildon, Essex, on 31 August. The dog warden was called to the collect the dogs and local RSPCA inspector Marie Hammerton was alerted before the charity’s Essex South, Southend & District branch took the pair in.
Peggy’s back left foot was missing and little Pip – now aged around five months – had major health issues, leaving her blind.
Kathy Butler, dog coordinator at the RSPCA branch, said: “Pip was only a few weeks old when she was dumped with her mother and she was in a really poor condition.
“After initial investigations by vets she was referred to the Animal Health Trust and, following MRIs, ultrasounds and consultations with neurology and ophthalmology, we discovered part of her brain is missing, she’s blind, and has no functioning eyelids.
“She’s had a course of steroids and has eyedrops five times a day, a treatment she’ll need for the rest of her life. Funds raised to help with her treatment will go towards her future veterinary care.
“We don’t know what the future holds for Pip as the specialists had never seen a dog with her condition before, but it’s a miracle that she’s become such a wonderful, playful and feisty pup, and I have no doubt that she’ll live her life to the full.”