Dog abandoned near Emirates Stadium had to have eye removed
12:54 29 November 2012
An abandoned dog found dangerously close to the train line near Emirates Stadium had to undergo surgery to remove one of his eyes.
The terrified Jack Russell terrier was spotted covered in dirt, grease and blood by a passer-by inches from the line beside the Arsenal ground in Holloway on November 14.
After being picked up by the dog warden, the terrier was taken to the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria for treatment, where staff named him Mr Bean.
Mark Bossley, Blue Cross chief vet, said: “His right eye was very badly damaged, which was the result of an old injury.
“It was lacerated, which would have been caused by a sharp object, perhaps a cat scratch or barbed wire, and his lens was also damaged beyond repair. The best thing for Mr Bean was to have surgery to remove his eye.”
Mark added: “We’ll never know what happened to Mr Bean but it’s possible that whoever owned him couldn’t afford to pay for the vet bills, so he was abandoned.”
Mr Bean is just one of thousands of pets who end up abandoned and left to fend for themselves every year. Blue Cross has seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of stray and abandoned pets at its rehoming centres in the last four years.
Mr Bean, who is around six or seven years old, has now recovered from the surgery and is now at a Blue Cross rehoming centre waiting to find a loving home.
n If you think you could offer Mr Bean the new home he deserves, visit www.bluecross.org.uk to find out more