This puppy, Snipper,
is in most desperate need of help.
Four weeks ago Snipper's mother died
and only three days later
her father was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
Barely eight weeks old and an orphan,
Snipper was also faced with the embarrassing
and painful affliction of incontinence.
It's a condition that we in the West
don't talk about much.
Shame keeps millions of sufferers silent,
but Snipper's incontinence
was a source of great distress to her
and rather than come to terms with it,
she ran away to London.
It was on the way to London
that Snipper was assaulted
and abused by an older dog.
You can imagine the effect that this would have
on an innocent puppy bitch like Snipper.
She was totally confused, bewildered and hurt.
We think that it is around that time
that she was struck with traumatic amnesia,
a total loss of memory.
This, apart from anything else,
made it very difficult for her to know who she was
and where she was going.
She drifted into a life of scavenging
selling her soft, furry young body
just in order to stay alive.
That was the life that she was living
when we at the ASTL found her.
We were able to give her food, warmth,
and more than that, love,
the one thing that has been denied her
in her short and tragically unhappy life.
Snipper is really taking an interest now.
Her memory is slowly returning,
which is how we've been able to piece together
the details of her existence,
and with luck she will be able to lead
a normal, happy and fulfilled life.
But, you know,
there are thousands of Snippers in Britain
and we desperately need your help
to carry on the work we're doing.
We are an entirely independent charity,
we receive no government funding,
and rely on public generosity to keep us going.
If you're the kind of person
who would like to help a Snipper,
then why not send your donation,
however large, to...
straight to me, Stephen Fry,
care of the BBC, instead.