Tuesday 13 November

The RSPCA is appealing for information after an elderly collapsed dog was dumped in Bristol.

Collie dumped in Bristol © RSPCAA member of the public found the elderly brown-and-white collie dog collapsed at the side of the road in Knowle West, near the walk-in health centre at about 4pm on Sunday 11 November 2012 and alerted the RSPCA.

The dog was taken to the RSPCA Bristol Clinic, in St Philips, where it was found to have no strength in its legs, matted fur and was suffering from urine scald and covered in faeces. The neutered male dog was put to sleep on veterinary advice to prevent further suffering.

Now the RSPCA is appealing for information in a bid to find out who abandoned this poor creature, which was not wearing a collar and had no michrochip and how he came to be in such poor condition.

RSPCA inspector Chris James, who is investigating said:
“This dog could not stand, let alone walk so we believe someone must have driven him to the area and then dumped him from their car, as though he was little more than a bag of rubbish.

“The state of his coat and the fact he has had urine scalding and was covered in faeces suggest he was kept in dirty conditions for some time, prior to being abandoned and we are concerned that there might be other animals at risk of suffering.”

“We are very keen to hear from anyone who knows this dog or has information about who was responsible for him or how he came to be abandoned in this way.”

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector James. Calls are in confidence.

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to animal faces up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.

Inspector James added:
“To allow an old frail animal to get into this state and then simply dump it is both heartless and cowardly.”

If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message)