The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was handed in to RSPCA Bradford & Distirct Animal Centre in a terrible condition.
The male brindle coloured Staffordshire bull terrier type was emaciated, suffering from mange and eye infections and his nails were so long they had grown into his feet. He was put to sleep on veterinary advice.
RSPCA inspector Sarah Briscoe said: “This poor dog was in a terrible state. The pictures say it all really.
“He was so thin that his ribs, hips and pelvis were visable through his skin. He’d lost all the hair on his chest, stomach and feet which were enflamed and sore from the mange. His nails were digging into the paws of his feet and his eyes were weeping.”
The RSPCA tried to contact the person who handed the dog in to get more information about where he had been found and discovered the details were false.
“The mobile number didn’t work so I went to the address he gave the staff at the animal centre and it’s an empty house, with seemingly no connection to the person whose details we have,” said inspector Briscoe. “Obviously I’m very keen to talk to this man, and I’m hoping anyone with any information will get in touch.”
The man is described as white and the address he gave was on Paley Road, Bradford. CCTV footage showed him arrive at the centre in a white pickup truck with another man. Both were wearing high visability jackets.
The incident happened between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Thursday 24 January.
The dog wasn’t wearing a collar and wasn’t microchipped.
Anyone who thinks they can help should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for RSPCA inspector Briscoe.
To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).