Tuesday 26 February 2013

A dog has been found dumped in a field in Darwen, Lancashire in a terrible state. The elderly Staffordshire bull terrier-cross, which couldn’t walk, was found by a dog walker.


The dog was emaciated, had a swollen front leg, was covered in sores and had a lump on his neck which was restricting his breathing. He was put to sleep on veterinary advice to end his suffering


He was found in a field, known locally as ‘Baileys Field’, on Ivinson Road on the morning of Friday (22 February) and taken straight to a vets. They called the RSPCA.


RSPCA inspector Helen Smith said: “This poor old dog was in a terrible state. He couldn’t walk so must have been carried to the spot where he was found.


“He isn’t a small dog so I suspect it has taken two people to get him to that field, or someone quite strong.


“It was a freezing cold day and he was shivering when he was found. Whoever did this left him in this field, exposed to the elements and anything that may have come his way. They abandoned him here to die, alone and suffering.”


The male dog, thought to be aged around 10 years old, was a brindle colour. He wasn’t wearing a collar and ID tag and wasn’t microchipped so at the moment there is no way to trace his owner.


RSPCA inspector Smith said: “This was an absolutely despicable act and we want to know who is responsible. To allow this dog to get into this kind of state is bad enough but to then dump him like this is inexcusable.


“If you recognise this dog, maybe you know someone who owned a dog who matched his description until just a few days ago, please get in touch.”


Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for inspector Helen Smith.


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