Happy update on American Bulldog, Hector, who was burned with cigarettes and left chained up
The RSPCA has posted an update on American Bulldog, Hector, who was found chained up outside their gates last week.
As reported in the Express, Hector was found tied to the RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch Animal Centre gates on Saturday, August 1.
CCTV showed a black Mercedes with foreign number plates pull-up outside the centre on Moor Knoll Lane, East Ardsley.
The driver gets out, goes to the rear of the car to get the dog and ties him up.Hector was tied with a heavy chain and was "so upset" by the situation that he twisted the chain even tighter around his neck.
Animal Care Manager Lucynda Hodgson said: “He was tied up with a heavy chain lead so short that he could barely lay down and was so upset that he had twisted the chain lead tighter and tighter around his neck to the point that he couldn’t move in any direction.
“It took two of our animal care assistants and the officer to free him and get him up to our kennels.”
Hector was found to have some burns, thought to be cigarette burns, on his body, one of which was fairly new.
Hector is a tan and white unneutered male and in good body condition, with what looked to be freshly cut nails.
As he wasn’t microchipped there is no way of tracing his owner at the moment - but RSPCA staff may have found a big clue.
Lucynda said: "He really shut down after what must have been a terrifying ordeal for him but after a few days of getting used to the staff he is doing a lot better and seems much happier.
Hector is much happier now that he has got used to the staff, and, after not responding to English, it was discovered he is very well trained - in German!
“Initially he wasn’t responding to any English words so - given the foreign plates on the car - we tried some other options and it emerged he was actually very well trained, in German.
“He’s a quick learner and even after just a few days is already picking up English.”
But now, the RSPCA has sent out a little update on how the gorgeous dog is getting on.
In a tweet, with pictures of a happier looking Hector, his carers said: "Did you see the news about Hector, the American Bulldog who was found abandoned at our gates? Here’s a little update on him as he settles in at our centre."
Anyone with any information about who Hector belongs to should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for inspector Emily Stodart, who is investigating what happened.