HE’d been left to die.
But now a puppy found abandoned by the side of the road has been rescued by a kindhearted couple and staff at a building society.
The little border collie was found by the side of a country road near Crow Edge by Ronald and Pauline Lowe, of Barnsley.
The couple spotted the motionless puppy as they were driving into Huddersfield to do some banking.
So they scooped up the frightened and weak pup and took him to safety.
But being unfamiliar with Huddersfield and not knowing where the dog shelters were, they took him into the Skipton Building Society at Ramsden Street to seek help.
Staff at the Skipton did more than point them in the right direction – customer advisor Sue Riley decided to give the pup a home.
Thanks to their rescue Skips, full name Skipton, is now a boisterous nine-week-old border collie who lives on a farm at Outlane.
Pauline Lowe, 75, and her husband Ronald, 82, say they would have loved to adopt Skips, but say their age and the fact they have a blind 12-year-old Labrador Ben made it difficult.
Mrs Lowe said: “I can’t believe anyone would just leave a dog like we found him. If I met the person who did I’d have a right go at them.
“We just didn’t know where to take him so came to the Skipton. But I knew as we left him with Sue that he was going to a good home.”
It was on March 9 that they were driving along Royd Moor between Thurlstone and Crow Edge, South Yorkshire, when Mr Lowe spotted Skips on a wall. He was weak, cold, exhausted and unable to walk.
They tried to get help at the nearest shop two miles away, but were turned away. So Mrs Lowe wrapped her scarf around Skips and held him close to her as they drove into Huddersfield.
“He was whimpering and lifeless,” Mrs Lowe said. “I was talking to him and trying to keep him warm.
“I knew I couldn’t have him, but I couldn’t let him be put down.”
Animal-loving staff at the Skipton, including manager Julia Barrow and customer advisor Sue Riley, rallied round. After a little while, Skips regained some energy and managed a drink from a bowl of water.
They called the dog warden who said there were no reports of a missing dog, but they feared he would be put down if no home was found within seven days.
Sue said she would take him in, but thought husband Chris might need some persuading.
But she had nothing to fear, Sue added: “He wanted to think about it, but as soon as he saw him he couldn’t say no.”
The couple have another dog Sasha, a border collie spaniel cross, but their other dog Ransom died just a month before Skips came into their life.
Sue added: “I didn’t think we’d get another dog, but it just seemed like fate the way it all happened.”