The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found dumped in a ditch in Cottingham, East Yorkshire collapsed, emaciated and covered in sores.


Dumped German Shepherd dog © RSPCAThe dog – an elderly male, neutered German Shepherd – was found and rescued from the ditch on North Moor Lane by a member of the public on Sunday 6 October.


They took him to RSPCA Hull Branch animal centre the next day and they called inspector Sarah Keith. She said: “This dog was the skinniest I’ve ever seen alive in all the years I’ve worked at the RSPCA. He had obviously been collapsed for some time and was covered in sores which had become infested with maggots and was stained and smelly from urinating on himself. His teeth too were in a dreadful state.”


On arrival at the vets he was put to sleep on veterinary advice to ease his suffering.


He had been microchipped by RSPCA York Branch animal centre back in 2001 but unfortunately his owner’s details were not kept up to date. Investigations by the inspector led her to an address in the Selby area in 2006 but it’s not known where he has been living since then.


“Someone has allowed him to suffer in this way and I’m urging anyone who saw anything, or who recognises him and has specific information about his owner to call us and ask to leave a message for me,” said inspector Keith.


The RSPCA cruelty line number is 0300 1234 999.


Another dog, a Shar Pei, was found dumped in a ditch in nearby Middledyke Lane back in September and some cockerels were also found in a ditch close-by last year. Inspector Keith added: “This does seem to be a favoured dumping spots for unwanted animals. I’d like to encourage local people to be vigilant.”


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