An adorable puppy with mange and worms has been abandoned in Worcestershire.
Dilly the dachshund was found in the Wychavon area earlier this month after being abandoned.
The little puppy had mange, was wormed and malnourished.
Worcestershire’s dog warden has urged people to stop going to illegal dog breeders.
“Stop buying from illegal ‘greedy breeders,'” the warden said.
“Illegal breeders sell sick and malnourished puppies to people who may dispose of them in the face of huge vet bills.
“We also find older bitches who are abandoned after multiple births and are of no use to these breeders who want to make a quick buck.”
Dilly was the last of several stray puppies abandoned in Worcestershire.
Wychavon County Council has advised people to adopt from “reputable agencies” rather than going to breeders.
These county authorities include RSPCA, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust and Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter.
A spokesman for Wychavon said: “It is heartbreaking to see the torture these animals endure when they just want our love and trust us.
“You can help put these unscrupulous, ruthless and unsympathetic breeders out of business and end the suffering of these beautiful animals.”
Anyone with concerns about the welfare of a dog is urged to telephone Worcestershire Regulatory Services on 01905 822 799.
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In September, the local branch of the RSPCA reported a huge increase in reports of abandoned animals.
From January to June, the charity received 197 reports in Worcestershire alone.
Claire Wood, one of the volunteers at the Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire branch, said: “Incidents like this take a terrible toll on the physical and emotional well-being of staff and volunteers.
“Unfortunately, it’s something that sanctuaries like ours see every day and we work around the clock to care for an ever-growing number of sick, abandoned and unwanted animals who are left to fend for themselves.
“We are distraught by not only how this keeps happening, but how much worse it seems to be getting.”