Marvin is left in a cage by main road

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A dumped dog was left in a bubble-wrapped cage at the side of a main road.

Annette Marriott from Animals in Need was shocked to find the abandoned dog inside a bubble-wrapped package strapped to a pallet which was dumped at the gate of the charity’s animal sanctuary in Little Irchester.

Mrs Marriott found the parcel at the top of the drive at Pine Tree Farm – essentially on the side of the A509 – yesterday morning.

She assumed it would contain a donation of dog food for an appeal the charity had recently made but was surprised when she opened the package to find a dog inside in a cage.

She said: “I was shocked. He was cowering in the back of the kennel.

“He could have been there from 8pm to 6.30am, we don’t know long he was there. It’s not very nice up there with the lorries thundering past.”

The dog, which is believed to be a poodle cross and about three years old, has been named Marvin by staff and volunteers at the animal charity.

Mrs Marriott said Marvin had quickly come out of his shell and yesterday ate some food, went for a walk around the yard and socialised with other dogs at the sanctuary.

She said: “He is an absolute treasure, his tail hasn’t stopped wagging.

“He is going to make someone a cracking little dog, he is absolutely lovely.”

A groomer has offered to sort out Marvin’s coat and the Northampton branch of Vets4Pets has offered to microchip, treat, neuter and vaccinate him free of charge and sponsor him while he is staying with Animals in Need.