An adorable puppy is on the road to recovery after he was found with his front legs tied together and dumped in a handbag outside a shop.
Eight-week-old Radley was found by a member of the public in the early hours of Monday morning after he was left tied up with an elastic hairband round his paws.
The bag was tied to the door handle of a charity shop in Greenford, west London, alongside an unopened tin of dog food and a note saying ‘Found this puppy’.
The small, male puppy – thought to be a border terrier cross – suffered damage to his paws where the hairband had cut off his circulation but has now recovered and seems to be moving well.
The pup, who has been named Radley, is also suffering from diarrhoea and is being monitored by staff at the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital in south-west London.
RSPCA Inspector Phil Norman, is now attempting to trace whoever is responsible for abandoning Radley.
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He said: ‘Poor little Radley must have been very stressed and frightened being stuffed into that handbag and abandoned in the middle of the night.
‘The hairband would also have caused him some pain and restricted his movement, adding to his distress.
‘There’s absolutely no excuse for leaving a young, vulnerable puppy like this in such awful circumstances and Radley is lucky he wasn’t more seriously injured.’
London veterinary director Caroline Allen added: ‘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.
Anyone with information is urged to call the charity’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.