Elderly dog collapsed after being abandoned in freezing snow

An elderly dog abandoned during The Beast in the East storm is looking for a new home.

The 19-year-old terrier, re-named Stormy, was found collapsed in Coventry in temperatures of -3 degrees.

The RSPCA rushed to save the dog on March 2 after being given an anonymous tip-off.

The mutt’s old age (92 in human years) and small size made it particularly vulnerable to the cold.

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But luckily for Stormy a team got to him in time and he was transferred to RSPCA’s Newbrook Farm Animal Hospital, in Birmingham, where he was able to warm up and recover.

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You won’t be surprised to hear he was the oldest dog there and will also be the oldest the centre has rehomed.

RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal said: ‘Despite his age, Stormy is in generally good health and we’d like to find him a lovely new home.

‘He’s a really sweet little dog and he’d make the perfect companion for an older person who wants to share their sofa with a new friend.’

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An RSPCA spokesman confirmed Stormy had undergone veterinary checks and dental work.

The animal charity added it had wanted to save more dogs during the bad weather but was unable to because it did not have the resources.

Mr Boal added: ‘Unfortunately during the recent snowy weather we received a huge number of calls – many of which were people who were concerned for dogs that had been shut outside in gardens, despite the freezing temperatures.

‘The RSPCA is restricted in what we can do in many of these situations as, while we certainly wouldn’t advise keeping dogs outside, it is not illegal to do so if the dog has adequate shelter.’

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