A SOUTH Tyneside vets has launched a bid to trace the owner of an injured pet dog found dumped in a garden.
The Shih tzu, thought to be between five and six years old, was handed in to Vets 4 Pets in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, by a concerned member of the public on Monday afternoon.
He had spotted the dog, which has a lame right hind leg, abandoned in the garden of his property in Alnwick Road, South Shields, that morning.
Becky Hodson, 41, partner nurse at Vets 4 Pets, said: “A member of the public brought her in after finding her dumped in his garden.
“She is lame on the right hind, which we believe might be an old injury. Apart from that, she is in very good condition and looks like she might’ve been groomed recently.
“So we have been contacting groomers in the area to see if they recognise her, but we’ve had no luck so far.
“We put her picture on our Facebook page and have had a big response from people wanting to give her a home, but we haven’t been able to find the owner.
“Unfortunately, she had no collar or microchip.”
The veterinary practice is keen to hear from the owner of the dog first before they can decide whether she needs to be re-homed.
Ms Hodson added: “She’s a lovely little dog, we’re really desperate to get her in a home as soon as possible.
“She’s a shy dog, but friendly as you get to know her. She’s coping well with everything that has happened.”
Anyone with information can contact the vets on 456 2211 or call into their shop on Prince Edward Road.