8-week old pup is bought online – becomes first dog abandoned in 2018

Unfortunately it’s a regular occurrence: a cute puppy is bought as a Christmas present only to be dumped soon after because its owner can’t cope.

Any animal lover knows that dogs are a lifelong commitment. But whoever bought this 8-week-old adorable puppy Ronnie didn’t have this in mind when they gave the dog as a Christmas gift. Because the puppy was abandoned just days later.

The sweet pup was left at the famous London animal rescue center Battersea Dogs and Cat Rescue on Jan. 2. Staff said the owner had become homeless and could no longer look after him.

This adorable bundle is currently at the shelter getting all the necessary checks and a microchip before he is found a new loving home.

“He’s so affectionate, even with new people, and loves a cuddle and a fuss. He also loves playing with toys and running around the kitchen. He’s such a sweet boy,” Battersea staff member Alice Holt told the Daily Mail UK.

Battersea Dogs and Cats via Facebook

Shelter manager Steve Craddock fears Ronnie was taken from his mother too early and “sold by a breeder with absolutely no regard for his welfare.” He now has the sad honor of being the first unwanted pet of 2018 to arrive through the doors of the animal shelter.

“It doesn’t shock any of us that the first dog through our doors in 2018 was bought online,” added Craddock. “Ronnie is just one of many thousands of dogs who will be bought off an unregulated website in the coming months and end up in a home where the owner is unprepared and unable to take proper care of them.”

His image has been shared by the shelter, which has received an overwhelming response from people wanting to give him a safe and loving home. The staff now have the tough job of finding the perfect home for him. It’s no surprise so many people want to look after him with a face that cute!

Staff at the shelter hope sweet Ronnie’s story will urge people to adopt animals from reputable shelters, instead of from inhumane breeders online.

Battersea Dogs and Cats via Facebook

This is such a heartbreaking story, but I’m glad Ronnie’s owner took him to a proper shelter where he has a chance of finding a proper forever home.

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