Heartless owners hand in puppy to police just hours after buying him

Heartless owners hand in six-week-old puppy named Buddy to police just hours after buying him on Gumtree ‘because they didn’t want him anymore’

  • Police stopped a car in Surrey to find occupants had just bought a Jack Russell
  • But they didn’t want him, despite only having purchased the puppy hours earlier 
  • Officers took Little Buddy themselves and gave him to Battersea Dogs Home 

Heartless owners of a six-week-old puppy handed the animal over to police just hours after buying him online.

Police stopped a car in the early hours of the morning and the couple said they had only just bought the Jack Russell on website Gumtree but wanted rid of him.

On patrol in Surrey, the officers took ‘Little Buddy’ to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in Windsor, Berkshire.

Police rescued Little Buddy (pictured) after owners said they didn’t want him hours after buying the dog on Gumtree 

Buddy has now found new owners who really do want him and will be going to live with them in the next few days.

Sean Welland, re-homing and welfare manager at Battersea Old Windsor, said today: ‘While it is shocking that Buddy had been sold on so young, it’s sadly not uncommon for dogs to be bought online and then swiftly discarded by their owners when they change their minds.

The Jack Russell (pictured) has now been re-home after police took him to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home 

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The tiny puppy was ditched by owners just hours after they purchased him online, leaving officers to take him in

‘Buying animals online is just as easy as ordering a new pair of shoes or jeans from an internet store. 

‘Too many people get a puppy and then decide that it’s just too much work. It’s then animal rescuers, such as Battersea, that are left to pick up the pieces.’

In recent years Battersea has seen an increase in the number of dogs that had been brought online.

In 2015, 14.7 per cent of dogs coming into its care had originally been sold online which rose to 16.6 per cent in 2017

Mr Welland said: ‘Luckily for Buddy, he’s waiting to go to a new home in the next few days. 

‘However there are still so many animals at Battersea who are looking for a second chance.’


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