Officer goes the extra mile for a dog in need

Date published: 14 June 2019 11:20
Dated: 14 June 2019 12:07:23

An animal loving police community support officer (PCSO) from Rotherham has helped ensure a neglected dog gets a second chance at life.

PCSO Claire Ryan from the Rotherham North Neighbourhood Team attended a property on Marion Road in Rawmarsh following concerns from neighbours around anti-social behaviour.

PCSO Ryan had finished speaking to the resident and was about to leave, when she spotted a young dog out of the corner of her eye. It was Fizz, an underweight, one year old Shar Pei X with severe skin problems.

PCSO Ryan explains what happened: “I was just about to leave the house, when a dog caught my eye.

The dog, called Fizz was dragging his belly across the carpet trying to ease his itchiness. He jumped onto the sofa and continued scratching; his skin was so sore, dry and bleeding in parts.

“I love all animals especially dogs and the look in his eyes immediately told me I needed to help him.

“I asked the owner if she had him registered with a vet and if he was on medication or treatments for this skin, which smelt terrible. I spent half an hour showing her how to access the help that Fizz needed.

“I left Fizz and went back to the office in the hope she would take him to a vet. In the back of my mind, I had doubts that she wouldn’t and couldn’t rest knowing he was in distress and pain.

“I went to see the local dog warden from Rotherham Council and raised my concerns.

“The dog warden visited Fizz several times and with no progress being made, the owner surrendered him into the care of the authorities.”

Fizz is now at Rain Rescue Centre in Rotherham receiving the veterinary care that he needs.

Rain Rescue describe Fizz as a ‘sweetheart’ and say, that despite his pain and discomfort has been friendly to everyone he has met.

Once Fizz has made a full recovery he will placed up for adoption to find a loving home.

You can follow his progress or register your interest in adopting him or any of their other animals via their Facebook page and website.

Donations can also be made by visiting their Justgiving page.

An underweight Fizz when he arrived at Rain Rescue

An underweight Fizz when he arrived at Rain Rescue

Fizz's extremely sore legs on arrival at Rain Rescue

Fizz's extremely sore legs on arrival at Rain Rescue

Look at that face! How could PSCO Ryan not help him?

Look at that face! How could PSCO Ryan not help him?

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