Desperate Starving Dog Tries to Eat His Own Tail After Being Locked And Abandoned Inside a Dirty Kennel

A starving, neglected pup that tried to eat his own tail is now looking to find a loving new family to call his own.

Rodney, who is a 3-year-old lurcher cross, was found in Huyton, Liverpool inside the dirty, wet kennel of someone’s back garden by an estate agent who was sent to the house to carry out an eviction. The person immediately got in touch with the RSPCA, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Desperate for food, Rodney had chewed part of his tail.

The poor baby was brought to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal hospital where medics found that his tail had been badly wounded and that he had sores on his legs due to the moisture inside the kennel. The tail was so badly damaged that half of it needed to be amputated. Thankfully, he is still able to wag what is left of his tail.

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The RSPCA’s Warrington, Halton, and St Helen’s branch is now looking for a new family for Rodney.

Welfare team leader Alana Bibby said:

“Rodney is such a jolly and happy chap – you wouldn’t know he had such a bad start in life.

“He has come on great in our care – and he loves people.

“Poor Rodney was so stressed with being left on his own for such long periods of time without interaction that he chewed his own tail and had to have it amputated halfway up.

“He now has half a tail but still enthusiastically wags it.

“It seems he is keen to make up for lost time as we believe he was left in a kennel for long periods of time and has probably never lived in a home.”

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Even though Rodney gets along with the other dogs, he needs a person with patience to look after him, Alana noted.

She added:

“They will have to treat him like a puppy and start from scratch with training him – but he will do well because he is a very bright dog who is so eager to please.”

The organization’s inspector, Pamela Bird, said the sweet dog’s previous owner was found and he agreed to give the dog to them. 

She said:

“He said he had fallen on hard times and was working away so he would come back and feed him every couple of days but the rest of the time he was left in his kennel.

“I am just pleased he is enjoying life again and not left outside in a kennel with no company for days on end.

“He’s a lovely and affectionate dog who deserves the best of home.”

Image: RSPCA

If you or anyone you know are interested in providing a forever home for Rodney, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with rehoming@rspca-whs.org.uk – subject matter ‘Rodney’.

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