A Staffordshire Bull Terrier appears to have been left by his owner on a London bus. Whether on purpose or by accident isn’t known, but bus driver Amos Paul Mak wants to make sure the dog gets help. Mak found the dog on board his bus on Thursday night while on his Leytonstone route. The dog was sitting all alone in the pram and wheelchair area.
Mak posted a picture of the forlorn dog on Facebook in the hopes of finding the dog’s owner.
He said: "[The dog is] Affectionate enough but scared. Tried to move it onto another bus as the one its on is needed in service, [but] he won’t budge. Loves being rubbed around the head nice enough fella.”
He offered to take the dog home until the dog’s owner was found but he was told he couldn’t because of company regulations. Mak explained “I’m not allowed to take him in case he bites.”
The bus was taken out of service and taken to the bus garage with the dog still on board because he refused to budge. Transit authorities did call police and the RSPCA but neither party could make it out that evening so the dog remained on the bus overnight.
Mak’s co-worker, Rik Hatton, checked in on the dog first thing: “When I arrived around 6.30am he’d been there all night. Very scared, but not aggressive. I gave him food, water and my bodywarmer. I nicknamed him Bus-ter.”
The Newham Council said that the dog is currently being looked after by their animal welfare team while they try to locate the dog’s owner. Anyone who may recognize the dog is asked to call 020 8586 9739.
As one person who shared Buster's picture on Twitter wrote, “Owner left dog on bus in Leytonstone last night. Saddest picture. Please spread the word.”
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