An eight-week-old puppy is lucky to be alive after he was found with his paws tied together in a handbag dangling from a charity shop door.
Radley, thought to be a border terrier cross, was found by a member of the public in the early hours of Monday morning in west London.
The stressed and frightened pup was discovered with an elasticated hairband tied around his legs which was cutting off his circulation and damaging his paws.
There was also an unopened tin of dog food in the handbag, which had a note stuck on the outside that said: "Found this puppy."
Radley is said to be in "fairly good body condition" but has had diarrhoea so he is being closely monitored.
The RSPCA’s Inspector Phil Norman is now investigating how the pooch came to be dumped in the handbag.
He said: "We received a call from a woman who’d found a little puppy in a red handbag fastened to the door handle of a charity shop in The Broadway, Greenford.
“It was around 2am on Monday morning.
“Poor little Radley must have been very stressed and frightened being stuffed into that handbag and abandoned in the middle of the night."
The pup was taken to the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital, in south-west London.
Inspector Norman has spoken to the local shops and is gathering CCTV in order to trace whoever is
responsible for abandoning the pup.
He’s also seeking any witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time or who recognise Radley to get in touch by calling the charity’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
London veterinary director Caroline Allen said: “As this little pup was found in a handbag we decided to name him Radley – and he’s now winning over the hearts of all of the staff here!
“He’s doing really well and is such a cutie. He’s not available for rehoming yet and we’re still running tests and checks on him so he’ll be with us a little longer yet.
“We know that many people will be concerned about gorgeous Radley and want to offer him a home but we would ask people not to call the hospital about him.
"Once Radley has received all the necessary treatment he will be rehomed via one of our animals centres. If we get too many calls it can impact on people trying to contact us in an emergency.”
To help the RSPCA rescue more dogs like Radley please donate by visiting www.rspca.org.uk/give .
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