A collapsed dog so weak he couldn’t even lift his head was found dropped over a 6ft fence into the grounds of an RSPCA animal centre in Blackpool this morning (Wednesday 19 February).
The male greyhound-type dog was in a terrible state when staff at RSPCA Blackpool & North Lancashire Branch Animal Centre – known locally as Longview Animal Centre – on Division Lane, found him when they arrived at work at 8.15am.
Animal centre manager Rachel Rogers said: “He was literally lying there on the concrete floor in the cold. We don’t know how long he’d been there.
“He couldn’t stand and couldn’t even lift his own head.
“He drank a little bit of water but then vomited it back up again, and had bloody diarrhea.
“We rushed him to the vets where he remains on a drip. He is taking a little food by syringe but it’s not known whether he’ll survive the night.”
The white and brindle unneutered male dog wasn’t wearing a collar and ID tag, as is required by law, nor was he microchipped so at the moment there is no way of tracing his owner.
The RSPCA is urging anyone with specific information about who he belongs to to ring the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for inspector Mandi Taylor, who is investigating.
Rachel said: “Tests are being carried out to find out if it’s Parvovirus he is suffering from, a contagious disease which can be fatal, especially if untreated.
“To dump an animal in this kind of state is an absolutely atrocious thing to do. Whenever someone takes on an animal they take on the responsibility of meeting its needs, no matter what they are.”