An eight-week-old puppy was dumped in a park in sub-zero temperatures suffering a serious skin condition leaving him with no fur.
The baby Staffy was found by a passer-by and taken to Babbington Rescue Kennels in Awsworth, where staff named him Robin.
The manager at the centre Tony Sanderson said: “This poor puppy was found in a lot of distress. He didn’t get like this overnight and will have suffered his whole life with the mange.
“I just don’t know how people can do this. Abandoning a young poorly animal in freezing conditions.”
Mr Sanderson said despite Robin’s condition, he was an ‘amazing dog’.
“He’s the best little dog you could hope for,” he said.
“He’s not scratching, and he sits quietly in his bed. He gets out of his bed and goes over to the corner to do his business and if you get him out he walks along with you by your side.
“He’s an amazing little dog,” Mr Sanderson added.
Another puppy dumped this week was Puddin, a female Staffordshire Bull Terrior cross, who was found with an infection causing her to have a severely swollen face.
Both dogs are being treated for their conditions by vets and are being looked after by staff at the centre in Westby Lane.
The kennels manager said this time of year was rife for abandoned animals, as Christmas approaches and people are either going away or decide they do not want pets around with all the visitors in the house.
“Before Christmas is always a problem, and then February to March time when people decide they no longer want pets they had for Christmas.”
Babbington Rescue is full to capacity, as it has been for the last three years, and Mr Sanderson is appealing to anyone thinking of getting a new pet to visit the rescue centre first.
For more information call 0115 9324576, visit babbington-rescue.org.uk or drop in between 10am and 3.30pm.