Newark response officers find puppy living in his own faeces in outbuilding on Tolney Lane
A puppy was found living in its own faeces without food or water as officers attended a report of a disturbance in Newark.
The Newark response team found the abandoned pup in an outbuilding on Tolney Lane at around 10.36pm on Tuesday.
There was no sign of any occupants and on searching the outbuilding.
Officers took the male pup back to the station where he lapped up some sustenance donated to them by a local vets.
Sergeant Simon Brooks from the Newark response team said: "We were carrying out a search of the vicinity and were shocked to come across the little pup who just stared back at us wide-eyed, forlorn and helpless.
"We were devastated to see the disgusting conditions he was living in and immediately decided to take him back with us and give him the care he needed and should expect. He was clearly starving by the way he gulped down his food and water.
"He's a great little character and we have not been short of volunteers to take the little lad home!"
The team took great care of him throughout the night and handed him over to the morning shift who contacted Rachel Gough, dog warden for Newark and Sherwood District Council.
She said: "The poor little mite was in quite a mess. He's got faeces matted to his back-end where he's been sat in his own mess and he's clearly got a belly full of worms which can be fatal if left untreated.
"I think he's probably between four and five weeks old but, if he's not had the nourishment he needed, he's not going to have been growing as he should. I can't say for sure at this age but it looks as though he's a Chihuahua mixed with Pomerarian."
"One thing is for certain - he's too tiny to be away from his mum or litter mates. It's really crucial for them to be socialised with their family when they're this young."
The pup has now gone into foster care with other dogs until he's old enough to be rehomed.
Nottinghamshire Police is investigating and appealing to anyone with information that could could help to call them on 101 quoting incident 830 of October 6.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.