THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was tied to a dustbin and abandoned in Chelmsford.

The Jack Russell terrier-cross was found tied to a dustbin outside Travelodge, off Parkway, just outside the city centre, by a hotel worker.

The local RSPCA branch took in the dog - now nicknamed George - and have been caring for him since his rescue.

RSPCA inspector Adam Jones is investigating his abandonment.

He said: “The little terrier was tied up outside the Travelodge (pictured below) at around 2.45pm on March 14.”

“The dog was tied to a bin down the alley next to the Travelodge, I'm hopeful someone might recognise the poor little terrier.

“Witnesses say someone simply walked the dog over to the bin, looked around before tying him up and then ran away without a backward glance. How anyone could do this to a pet is beyond me.”

The RSPCA launched an investigation and was following up on some leads but is now turning to the public for help in finding out who is responsible for dumping George on that day.

Inspector Jones would like to speak to a woman who was seen with the dog by members of the public. She is described as in her late 30s to early 40s, around 5’5’’ tall, wearing grey sports clothes and with blonde hair tied back in a ponytail.

George, a five-year-old Jack Russell terrier-cross, was wearing a harness when he was abandoned.

Members of the public also reported the vehicle the woman was driving as a blue Rover 25.

Mr Jones added: “We followed up on a number of leads which enabled us to trace the vehicle but unfortunately it was unregistered and had no recorded owner. So now we are calling on the public to see if they can help us find out who left poor George to fend for himself.”

“I’d like to hear from anyone who recognises George or the description of the woman, and would urge anyone with information which may help our investigation to get in touch by calling our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

George is being cared for by the local RSPCA branch and is said to be very friendly and good with other dogs.