The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found with severe burns in Charltons, Saltburn. The American bulldog-type had to be put to sleep to end his suffering.
The dog, a dark brindle entire male, was found by a man walking his dog near Birk Brow at around 6pm on Saturday 11 January. He called the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Chris Nisbet said: “This dog was in the most terrible state. He had suffered burns to his back, his head, face and ears, and down his legs where the skin had literally peeled off.
“It seems as though something has either been poured or dropped on him. There was also evidence of previous scarring though.
“I took him straight to the vets where he was sedated for a full examination but his injuries were so severe he was put to sleep on welfare grounds.”
The dog was not microchipped, and the collar he is wearing in the photographs was put on him by the finder, so at the moment there is no way of tracing who he belonged to.
Inspector Nisbet said: “He was a nice natured and very obedient dog, who was otherwise in good bodily condition, so he has certainly been owned by someone.
“I cannot bear to think how much suffering he must have undergone and I really hope that someone will come forward with some valuable information.
“He should have been seen by a vet urgently, but obviously that hasn’t happened. In fact, the vet believes he has been suffering for two to three days like this.
“Anyone who thinks they can help should call us on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for me.”
To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this please text 78866 to donate £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network rate message).