Heartbroken rescuers discover the true identity of the scavenging “fox” who scavenges through the garbage for food

Stunned rescuers are heartbroken to discover the true identity of the scavenging “fox” scavenging through the trash for food

  • The emaciated animal was found searching for food in Sheerness, Kent
  • Rescuers first thought it was a fox, but discovered it was actually a German shepherd
  • The animal had been so neglected that its bones were showing and its fur was missing
  • Heartbreaking images of the pet named Bluebell caused outrage across the internet

A starving German shepherd so horribly neglected and emaciated he was mistaken for a fox was rescued after being found eating.

Heartbreaking images of the starving pooch were shared by animal rescuers after it was ransacked in Sheerness, Kent on Wednesday.

Swale Borough Council’s Stray Dog Service said the female pet, named Bluebell, was malnourished, had untrimmed claws and shedding of fur on her back and face, adding she had “an ugly looking breast tumour”.

Authorities have now launched a hunt to find the German shepherd’s owners amid fears he was being “seriously neglected” after the animal was revealed to have been microchipped – but not reported missing.

Heartbreaking images showed what some thought was a fox foraging through rubbish bags on Sheerness in Kent

Heartbreaking images showed what some thought was a fox foraging through rubbish bags on Sheerness in Kent

But rescuers were horrified to discover the animal was actually a starving German shepherd named Bluebell

But rescuers were horrified to discover the animal was actually a starving German shepherd named Bluebell

A member of the stray dog ​​team said: “This little one has now been collected and is going to the kennels.

“We can confirm that she is a German Shepherd, not a fox, and her name is Bluebell.

‘She’s microchipped and will be checked further tomorrow, although she’s not listed as lost or missing.

“Right now she’s getting some tea and a warm bed before she goes to the vet in the morning.

“This poor German shepherd was found eating out of black sacks in Jefferson Road, Sheerness.

“Based on the pictures we have received, poor love has evidently suffered quite severe neglect and been left to her own devices.

“If it’s not an underlying condition, it’s animal neglect.

“Our officer rushes to pick her up and as soon as we have more information our post will be updated.”

The pooch was rescued by Swale Borough Council's Stray Dog Team on Wednesday evening

The pooch was rescued by Swale Borough Council’s Stray Dog Team on Wednesday evening

The animal was in terrible condition, underweight and lacking fur on its legs, back and face

It was so neglected that its bones were clearly visible through its skin

The animal was in terrible condition, underweight and lacking fur on its legs, back and face. It was so neglected that its bones were clearly visible through its skin (right)

Images of the animal’s terrible condition left social media users horrified and called for immediate action against Bluebell’s owners.

One person said: “DO NOT return it to the owner. Poor dog. You don’t deserve this animal.”

Another added: “Poor little darling it took a while to get into this state* wishing her the best and speedy recovery* thanks for saving her*”

A few hours after the rescue was first announced, the stray dog ​​team continued their appeal to speak to anyone who recognizes the pup.

They added: “Following our previous post on Bluebell, here are some additional photos showing her breed and the extent of her neglect.

“Not only does she have significant hair loss, she is underweight, has long nails and an ugly looking breast tumor that needs to be checked out.

“We’ll look for her chip tomorrow, but she hasn’t been marked missing or stolen.

“If you have any information about this dog please call SBC on 01795 417850 or the OOH service on 07795 237479.

“If you are the owner and there is a real reason for your condition, please get in touch.”

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