An elderly Labrador cross dog has been found collapsed in a Leeds garden, emaciated and suffering. The male dog was in such a state he was put to sleep on veterinary advice.
The RSPCA was called after the dog was spotted in the garden on South Farm Road, Gipton at around 4.30pm on Saturday (16 March). He had a skin condition resulting from an allergic reaction to fleas which had caused fur loss on his back. He was covered in golf ball size growths, had cataracts and overgrown nails.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Oprysk said: “This poor old dog was in a terrible state.
“The member of the public who found him – who I’d like to thank for all she did – took him into her home and tried to get hold of the dog warden, but as they have no service on a weekend she called us and we were able to help.
“I took him straight to the vets where they made him comfortable overnight but by the following morning it was clear what needed to be done and he was put to sleep to end his suffering.”
The dog is described as a black entire male. He wasn’t wearing a collar with any identification and wasn’t microchipped so at the moment there is no way of finding his owner.
“I would obviously be very interested to speak to that person,” said inspector Oprysk. “I’m afraid this hasn’t happened overnight and it has surely taken a long time for him to get into this kind of condition.
“If anyone saw anything, recognises him, or knows who he belongs to please contact us on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for me.”
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