Crying dog ‘abandoned’ outside Asda in pouring rain for over two hours

A crying dog was abandoned outside Asda in the pouring rain for over two hours in clear "distress" before a group of people, including two kind-hearted schoolgirls, came to the rescue.

Christine Jones went to Asda in Woodchurch, Wirral, Merseyside at around 3pm on Monday, December 13 when she spotted a dog tied up in the rain outside the store.

She said the dog was in a clear state of "distress" and was barking continuously so she went over to stroke it in an attempt to settle it down.

While shopping Christine said she continued to hear the dog’s "anxious" barks echoing through the store.

She told the Liverpool ECHO: "When I was shopping I could still hear it while I was in the store – still barking and barking.

"I kept looking at my phone while I was walking around to keep an eye on the time and how long it had been out there.

"At this point, it was half-past three, so after I paid I was going to go over and speak to customer services and ask them to put out an announcement for the owner as this dog was clearly getting more stressed."

Christine, who worked in veterinary practice for 12 years before opening her own arts and crafts shop, said when she approached the customer service desk there were already two other women voicing their concerns about the dog outside to an Asda colleague.

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Due to a store policy, Christine and another woman were told an announcement was not able to be made so they returned to the dog outside and discovered three more people had come to its aid.

Two schoolgirls were among those trying to help. They moved the dog out of the rain and got her under shelter.

Christine, 59, said: "They stayed with the dog the whole time and just offered to do everything they could. The youth of today get such a bad rap but they’re not all bad at all."

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Christine said she and another woman, who took the dog home, had contacted Birkenhead Kennels.

After the incident, Christine took to Facebook to thank the girls who stayed to help and offer them a voucher from her shop for their help.

The post has been shared over 500 times and people flocked to praise the girls and the women involved.

One woman wrote: "Well done to everyone involved for caring, I truly hope the situation is resolved for the dog ASAP."

A second woman said: "Aaah God love her. She must have been terrified!

"Hours on her own waiting for her owner to return. Thank you to the lady who took her in and to the girls who helped."

Christine said the circumstances of the dog are still unknown and despite putting the information on Facebook, nobody has claimed the abandoned dog.

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