The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found in Luton at the weekend with a severe neck injury.
The crossbreed dog was found on Radnor Road in the Sundon Park area of the town at about 6pm on Saturday night (8 March). The RSPCA was contacted after it was found that he had a serious wound all the way round his neck.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith attended and took the two to three-year-old dog to a vet. He was treated for the wound which was thought to have been caused by a collar becoming tight and digging into his neck over a long period of time.
Inspector Smith said: “The wound was open, very smelly and raw. The collar must have become embedded into his flesh over quite some time to the extent that he even had marks in the shape of a tag underneath his neck, showing that the tag had become embedded too.”
When the dog was found he was wearing a harness that had to be cut off as it was also very tight. It is not known how long he had been straying.
Inspector Smith added: “Despite this dog’s horrible injuries, he was extremely friendly and didn’t even growl or grumble when the vet was treating him. He had obviously been well fed, was in good condition and knew commands like sit and stay. It is such a shame that such a good natured and lovely dog been left to get into this state.
“We therefore think that the person who owned and loved this dog just hadn’t realised how bad his injury was until they removed his collar and looked under the folds of his neck. It could then be that they then couldn’t get veterinary treatment and the dog was left straying as a result, although of course we probably won’t know what exactly happened to him.”
The dog is being cared for at an RSPCA centre.
Anyone with information about who this dog belongs to should contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).