A stray dog close to death ‘handed himself in’ to an animal rehoming centre so he could be rescued.
Gizmo was found cowering in a corner, malnourished and suffering from an untreated skin complaint.
Jenny Mark, from the kennels, said: “Usually, when dogs have escaped and are on the run, they quite often give the dog wardens the runaround to avoid capture and being taken to kennels.
“Yet this little dog must have known he wouldn’t survive much longer on his own and literally handed himself in. He had probably been hiding all night and most likely had not had a meal in days.
“He was incredibly frightened but we managed to win him over with some food.
“As we coaxed him out of his hiding place, still trembling, we could see how just malnourished he was, and suffering from a skin complaint that had been left untreated.
“Another few days out in the open and this poor little chap may not have made it. “It is tragic to see any animal in such poor condition.
“So far this young dog must have had a terrible start in life.”
Gizmo is now getting the treatment he needs after being found outside the Derbyshire Dog Rescue base at Broomhill Farm boarding kennels based in Old Whittington, Chesterfield.
The kennels works with Chesterfield Council to rehome stray dogs from the town.
The kennels has made an appeal for anyone who may want to rehome him to get in touch – and says the overall number of stray dogs in the area is rising quickly.
The centre also needs help with donations of food and bedding for the stray dogs it cares for.
To see dogs that need rehoming at the centre visit www.facebook.com/pages/Derbyshire-Dog-Rehoming. or call 01246 456 781.