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Hoppy victim of sickening cruelty

PUBLISHED: 15:48 17 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

HOPPY, the black Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is lucky to be alive after becoming the victim of a sickening act of cruelty. He is believed to have been thrown out of a car as it sped through Ipswich, causing the dog to suffer serious injuries.

HOPPY, the black Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is lucky to be alive today after becoming the victim of a sickening act of cruelty.

For he is believed to have been thrown out of a car as it sped through Ipswich, causing the dog to suffer serious injuries.

They include a suspected severe fracture to his front left leg together with minor cuts and abrasions and broken toes.

Now efforts are being made to find the culprits who caused the injuries to Hoppy, who has been given the new name by experts caring for him.

The animal welfare department at Ipswich Borough Council was first notified to what they believed to be an abandoned dog on Saturday morning when they were called to Levington Road.

Mike Grimwood, service manager for animal welfare at the council and who was first on the scene, said: "This is a serious incident and clearly the actions of someone who doesn't care about animals.

"It is inexcusable and totally irresponsible and if I find the owner, I will have no hesitation in bringing the RSPCA in and prosecuting the culprits."

Mr Grimwood said that there were two possibilities to how Hoppy got hurt.

He said the most likely scenario was that he was thrown from a car, but he could also have been abandoned and got struck by a passing vehicle.

However, suspicion is growing as three days have passed and neither the council, nor the police, have received any inquiries regarding a missing bull terrier.

At present the dog is being cared for by an Ipswich veterinary practice who have so far administered emergency first aid and strapped the leg for support.

The vet treating Hoppy said: It's a big trauma for the dog and he must have suffered a fairly good whack to break a leg as solid as his."

The vet, who is not being named as inquiries continue into the incident, said: "He is the world's friendliest dog and has a lovely temperament considering what he has been through.

"Up until now, he has been well cared for. There are no signs of malnutrition and he is eating well and has clean teeth and gums."

Hoppy has now had x rays taken which has discovered he has all his toes broken on his left leg.

So far the council has funded the vets bill, which has amounted to approximately £200.

If anybody recognises Hoppy or is interested in re-homing him they should contact the council on 01473 433015.

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