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Britain’s saddest pup crippled after being ‘trapped in cage’

A PUPPY who lost the use of his legs is thought to have been trapped in a cage.

Floyd was crippled and crawling with fleas when he was found abandoned at the roadside.

But the six-month-old cockapoo is now on the long road to recovery after he was treated by vets and taken to Anim-Mates rescue centre in Ash, Kent.

Charity trustee Dennis White, who also cares for cats, rabbits and horses at the sanctuary, said Floyd was in ‘the worst state among all the dogs they have had in the last year’.

The volunteer secretary said: ‘It is horrific. The vet thought Floyd must have been kept in a cage with a cruel restriction of movement.

‘It is very cruel to keep a puppy in such a small cage, if that were the case, when he is supposed to be playing and running around.’

Healing love: Floyd with shelter volunteer Sarah Williams

But the adorable pup has made fantastic progress at the centre, where he loves to play with the other rescue dogs and laps up the hugs.

Dennis said: ‘Floyd is a happy little puppy now — he is always playing with the other rescue dogs.

‘He is just like any other normal puppy, he wants to play all the time and sniff the ground and he loves cuddles.

‘When rescued animals come to us you can see the happiness in their face.’

Dennis added: ‘We don’t know what happened to Floyd before he was rescued, but puppy farms have a terrible reputation for breeding dogs and when they have finished with them, they try to get them rehomed or they dump them.’