Dog Locked in Cage and Abandoned on Roadside, Found Covered in Vomit

A dog has been found locked in a cage and abandoned at the roadside in London, U.K. The chow chow was covered in its own vomit and feces and had no water or blanket, the woman who rescued her said.

Kimberly Beavis, 30, found the scared female chow chow on March 22 while driving back from a grocery shop with her partner, 34-year-old Justin Redman, My London reported.

While driving over Kew bridge, located to the southwest of the city, Beavis spotted the dog cage discarded at the side of the road. The dog was dirty and huddled in the cage with no water or blanket, Beavis told the local news outlet.

"It was awful, I never thought I'd see something like that in my life," Beavis said. "The cage had padlocks on it. It had a cut on its face. It had manky eyes but she didn't look malnourished."

Chow Chow
A stock photo shows a Chow Chow. The dog of the same breed was found discarded on the side of the road. Andrey Danilov/Getty Images

Beavis and her partner took the dog home where it took hours to clean her, she told MyLondon. The dog was temperamental, she said, but did not seem vicious.

The dog was handed over to the Blue Cross Animal Welfare charity, where they found out the dog was microchipped.

Beavis told MyLondon she believes the dog was stolen from its owner for breeding purposes and then discarded. However, she was also concerned that her owners had been the ones to abandon her.

A Blue Cross spokesperson told Newsweek they were "very glad" to be providing the dog with the medical care she needs. It said it will work alongside the council to find the dog's rightful owner.

"If no-one has come forward as her owner after the seven day period, then we will be delighted to welcome her into Blue Cross for us to find her a happy, loving home, " the spokesperson said.

From September 2021, pet theft was made a criminal offense in the U.K as it rose during the COVID pandemic.

In 2020, the U.K government reported that 2,000 dogs were reported stolen to the police. Over lockdown, demand for pets increased and the price of some dog breeds rose by 89 percent. The U.K. government said this may have acted as an incentive for criminals to steal dogs for breeding purposes.

"I asked [the Blue Cross] what if [the owners] are the ones who did this, how can you guarantee you won't be giving her back to the ones who did this to her? They promised that would never happen," Beavis told MyLondon.

Beavis said she hopes the case was that the dog was stolen and that she will eventually be reunited with her rightful owner.

"If someone doesn't come forward, I want her for myself, because I've literally fallen in love," Beavis said.