Injured terrier found abandoned beside Arsenal’s Emirates stadium

Jack russel had to have surgery to remove his eye and is now looking for a new home.

A dog found abandoned dangerously close to the train line near Emirates Stadium had to undergo surgery to remove one of his eyes after it was injured beyond repair.

The terrified jack russell terrier was spotted covered in dirt, grease and blood by a passer-by inches from the line beside the Arsenal ground in Holloway on November 14.

After being picked up by the dog warden, the terrier was taken to the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria for treatment, where staff named him Mr Bean.

Mark Bossley, Blue Cross chief vet, said: “His right eye was very badly damaged, which was the result of an old injury.

“It was lacerated, which would have been caused by a sharp object, perhaps a cat scratch or barbed wire, and his lens was also damaged beyond repair. The best thing for Mr Bean was to have surgery to remove his eye.”

Mark added: “We’ll never know what happened to Mr Bean but it’s possible that whoever owned him couldn’t afford to pay for the vet bills, so he was abandoned.”

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Sadly, Mr Bean is just one of thousands of pets who end up abandoned and left to fend for themselves every year. Blue Cross has seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of stray and abandoned pets at its rehoming centres in the last four years.

Amanda Marrington, animal Blue Cross animal welfare officer, said: “It’s really sad to think that Mr Bean may have been abandoned by an owner who couldn’t afford to pay for his vet treatment.

“If you are struggling to cope with caring for your pet, please don’t abandon them to fend for themselves. Contact a charity like Blue Cross, who will do what they can to help and find a new home for your pet if that is the best option.”

Mr Bean, who is around six or seven years old, has now recovered from the surgery and is now at a Blue Cross rehoming centre waiting to find a loving home. If you think you could offer Mr Bean the new home he deserves, visit to find out more.