A dog has been found obese and arthritic on a street in Hyde. The female Doberman had to be put to sleep to end her suffering.
She was spotted on Valley Road in Hyde on Tuesday 25 June by a member of the public who called the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Lorna Campbell said: “This poor dog was in a shocking state. She was extremely overweight and suffering from arthritis in all four legs. Walking was a real effort, and when she lay down she couldn’t get up on her own again.
“It seems impossible she got there of her own accord. She was so heavy she would have had to have been lifted by two people.”
She was taken to a veterinary practice by the RSPCA where she was found to weigh 57.25kg. A healthy weight would be between 25 and 30kg, making her more than double what she should have been. She had arthritic changes in all four limbs and glucose diabetes-related issues due to the obesity.
She was microchipped in the name ‘Nina’ but both contact numbers on the microchip were unobtainable. A previous address led inspector Campbell to an empty house.
RSPCA inspector Campbell said: “Unfortunately whoever owns her hasn’t kept their details up to date with the microchipping company so we haven’t been able to locate them as yet.
“We’re hoping that by making this appeal they, or someone who recognises this dog and knows who they are, will get in touch.”
If you can help please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for RSPCA inspector Campbell.
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