The RSPCA is investigating after a dog was found emaciated, bald and covered in sores in the Carley Hill area of Sunderland.


The female Lurcher walked out in front of a car on the afternoon of Monday 8 July and the driver took her to a veterinary practice.


RSPCA inspector Jaqui Miller said: “This dog was in a dreadful condition.Sandy the lurcher © RSPCA


“I’m hoping that someone will see these pictures and get in touch to tell us who owned her so that we can find out how she came to be in this state.


“Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for me.”


The dog, thought to be tan coloured, had lost around 90% of her fur due to a skin condition. She was so weak she had to be put on a drip.


She was wearing a very distinctive thick black/dark brown leather collar with the name ‘Ben’ carved into it.


“I really feel sure someone will recognise the collar,” said inspector Miller.


Owners have a legal responsibility to ensure the welfare of the animals in their care, and causing unnecessary suffering carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and/or £20,000 fine.


Collar worn by Sandy the lurcher © RSPCA‘Sandy’, as she’s been named, is currently in the care of Adopt-a-Dog North East where she’s doing really well and is about to be put up for adoption.


Diane Kelly from Adopt-a-Dog North East and Easy Vets in Shiney Row said: “She’s a wonderful dog despite everything she’s been through and she’s coming out the other side.


“She was hand shy when she first arrived but is now much more confident. She’s piled weight on and her skin is under control.


“She’s proven herself to be okay with dogs and cats but we would be looking for a home with no children preferably, so she can get the attention she deserves.”


Anyone who is interested in offering a home to Sandy can call Adopt-a-Dog North East on 07780 962244.