A puppy has been found shivering inside a bin after temperatures dropped below zero degrees. The 18 month old dog was found presumably dumped by his owner in Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. He was spotted in the bin by a worried passerby and taken to Birmingham Dogs Home where he's being well cared for by loving staff and volunteers. It isn't clear if the dog was dumped in the park or if he is a stray, but his potential owner has a week to visit the Dogs Home and claim him before they'll start the process of rehoming him with another family.
FOUND in Sutton Park IN A BIN!!! This poor boy must have been freezing and got himself in the bin for refuge to keep warm. Now in our care. #straydog #bdh #birminghamdogshome pic.twitter.com/2ukIQ6b8tl— Birmingham Dogs Home (@BhamDogsHome) February 23, 2018
Community fundraiser Rachel Frost, from Birmingham’s Dogs Home, said: "He was found in the bin in Sutton Park at around 6am by wardens who check them each morning. It was freezing that night. It’s hard to say if he was dumped in the bin or took refuge from the cold because he could get in and out of the bin by himself. He was a bit scared, shivering and nervous when he reached us but I think he was grateful when the warden took him out." The dog was found on Friday morning and has spent the weekend receiving cuddles, vaccinations and as much food as he could manage. Rachel added: "He had a bit of a sore belly I imagine because he had eaten some of the contents of the bin. He’s OK now and is a lovely young pup. He’s been keeping warm and he’s got a nice warm bed."
Temperatures are set to stay below zero as the week continues, as the Beast from the East spreads through Britain. Apparently some parts of the UK will feel colder than the Arctic circle, with chaos set to complicate travel plans for workers and schoolchildren alike. Not only is the weather a travel concern, but it poses a health risk for the most vulnerable in society from children and the elderly to pet dogs and cats. Despite their fur and thick coats, our household pets are still at risk of frostbite, exposure and dehydration if they aren't carefully looked after during the cold winter months. Small pets should be kept indoors, shirt haired dogs should think about investing in some doggy jumpers and drivers should take care to look for cats who might have huddled under their car for warmth overnight.