Dumped pup Benjamin Button loses fight for life

Benjamin Button in happier times
Benjamin Button in happier times

A VET has been left devastated after the dog she had been hoping to re-home was put to sleep.

Last week, Citizen First reported on the plight of Shih-Tzu puppy Benjamin Button, who was cruelly dumped outside Willows Veterinary Surgery in Newport Pagnell.

He was taken to Astonlee Veterinary Surgery on Friday, January 21 where he was recovering well after being found with a bad skin condition and was due to be taken home by the surgery practice manager, Barbara Keeling.

However, the dog developed Kennel Cough, a condition he was bravely fighting.

His condition then deteriorated further when he developed Parvovirus, a virus that affects the digestive system of dogs.

With the skin condition affecting his immune system he wasn’t strong enough to combat the illness and was regrettably put to sleep.

Barbara said: “I am just so gutted that he never got to see his new home or play with my youngest dog, Barney Rubble, he will never get to go on our ‘dog holidays’ and won’t see the canals or the seaside.

“It is such a sad waste of life and I truly hope someone is absolutely ashamed of themselves for robbing a puppy of his future.”

Barbara once again called for the people who dumped the dog to be prosecuted.

She said: “Someone must know someone else who had this little dog and now mysteriously doesn’t have one.

“The people who did this have now not only dumped a dog but are responsible for his death as well.

“I hope they are found and feel the full force of the law.”

She now hopes the case will encourage more people to take up insurance cover before they think about getting a pet.

“She said: “Pet insurance for this little guy would have been just £20 to £25 per month.”