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Puppy abandoned by tracks near Holywell

A PUPPY was found tied next to train tracks near Holywell – just half an hour after its owners had been told there was no room for it at the animal rescue.

The eight-month-old border collie, who has been named Kate, was found tied to a post next to the busy Holyhead to Chester line at Greenfield, near Holywell.

The traumatised pooch has been taken in by Flintshire Wildlife and Pet Rescue, where she is recovering from her ordeal.

Rescue founder Elfyn Pierce-Jones said he had turned away a couple who were trying to get rid of the pup – just half an hour before she was found abandoned by a woman walking her own dogs.

He said: “A couple came to the rescue with the collie and a Yorkshire terrier. They were trying to offload the collie, but we told them there was no room here.

“We advised her to contact the dog warden, but she walked away, telling us she did not have time to be running round after him.”

Later that morning, a woman arrived at the rescue gates and told Elfyn she had spotted a small dog tied up next to the track while walking her own two dogs over a railway bridge.

“I went to investigate and it was the same dog,” said Elfyn. “She had been tied very loosely to a post right next to the track.

“She was distressed and had been twisting around and jumping so much she had almost worked herself free.

“A few more minutes and she would have been on the track. That route is the main one between Chester and Holyhead and is very busy – she could easily have been killed.”

North Wales Police and RSPCA officials have been informed of the incident. Elfyn added: “People who do this kind of thing to animals should be named and shamed. It’s totally irresponsible and very cruel.”