Mastiff who ‘recently had puppies’ thrown out of van and abandoned at side of the road

A mastiff that recently gave birth to pups is now “fine” after being found abandoned at a rest stop in Bootle.

The RSPCA was notified on August 17 after a passer-by claimed to have seen a delivery truck stop on Northern Perimeter Road before a dog was thrown out and the vehicle drove away.

The mastiff, now named Ellie by RSPCA staff, was taken to the charity branch in Warrington.

RSPCA inspector Naomi Morris told TeamDogs, “I suspect she may have been used for breeding and has now been abandoned because she is no longer useful or profitable.

“It’s heartbreaking that it could well have been used as a puppy machine and then put aside when it’s served its purpose.”

Ellie will remain in the custody of the RSPCA for the time being while officers continue to investigate the incident.

Kate Buckley of the branch said, “She is fine and is currently being cared for by one of our employees.

“She is being treated for an ear infection and some lumps we found on her body.”

Ellie the Mastiff is now in foster care

The RSPCA requests that you hear from anyone who saw the incident or recognized the dog, to come forward and contact their appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

TeamDogs is asking for an animal criminal register to be established so that those convicted of mistreating animals are no longer responsible for their care.

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