A dog has been found in a garden in West Hardwick, Wakefield with injuries all over his body. The ‘bull Lurcher’ – a cross between a Lurcher and a bull type dog – was covered in old and new wounds.


Romeo © RSPCAA home-owner, who lives on Hardwick Lane, was alerted to the dog’s plight after his own dogs started barking at around 2am on Tuesday morning (24 September).


The injured dog is described as an entire male, mostly black in colour with a white chest and white feet. The biggest wound was on his left shoulder, but he had open wounds to his neck, body and legs – some of which had been stapled – and was covered in old scarring.


RSPCA inspector Paula Clemence said: “It is clear this dog has been involved in a fight with something and has been very badly injured as a result. Based on the state of him, this wasn’t the first time either.


“Some of the injuries have been stapled by someone.


“Bull Lurchers are often bred and trained to chase and kill wildlife – in particular larger animals like deer – as they have the speed of a sight-hound and the strength of a bull breed.”


Injury to Romeo's shoulder  © RSPCAThe dog – who has been named ‘Romeo’ – is still receiving treatment at a local veterinary practice.


RSPCA inspector Clemence said: “He’s a very friendly and affectionate dog. A foster carer has been lined up to look after him when he’s well enough to leave the vets, whilst our investigation goes on.”


Anyone who recognises the dog and has specific information about his owner should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for inspector Clemence.


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