A man who found a dog tied to a fence near the River Nene on Easter Saturday says he hopes it can be rehomed.
Tony Church, who works as a security guard for Mahle Powertrain, based in St James Mill Road, Northampton, was called in to work at about 9pm on March 27 after an employee at the neighbouring Cosworth site reported the sound of a dog yelping.
Mr Church searched the area at the back the premises and found a Staffordshire Bull Terrier tied to a fence panel.
After untying her, Mr Church took the dog back to his security office and then rang his wife to see if she could take her to a vets surgery.
Mr Church said: “I gave her some water and she drank it so quickly like she had not had any for a while.
“She jumped in my lap and was a very sweet dog. I don’t know how anyone could just leave her.”
At Vets for Pets in St James, staff scanned the dog and found she had a microchip which revealed her name was Princess and that she had registered owners.
However, when the owners were contacted they said they had given her away a long time ago.
Princess has now been taken to Forest Lodge Kennels in Quinton and she will be rehomed unless her owners come forward in the next few days.
Mr Church said: “I thought initially I would take her but I already have a dog, and I just do no have enough room.
“I have put her photograph on Facebook and asked people to share it as I really want her to get a new home.”
Mr Church said he thought the incident also demonstrated the importance of the new dog chipping law, which comes into force on April 6.
From that date, it will become a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped so they can be added to a central database listing every dog in the UK.
The move has been made in a bid to make it easier to identify the owners of dogs that have strayed or are being mistreated, neglected, abandoned or lost.