The RSPCA is appealing for information after a suffering dog was found on a football field in Bury, Lancashire.
The Staffordshire bull terrier was emaciated and collapsed when he was brought in to Armac Veterinary Practice on the evening of Friday 4 April.
Steven Batty, of Armac Veterinary Group, said: “He was brought in to us after being found by a member of the public.
“As you can see by the pictures, he was in a terrible condition. He was extremely emaciated, covered in sores and had overgrown nails.
“Sadly, the most humane thing to do was to put him to sleep to end his suffering.”
He was found on Redvales Football Fields, Redvales Lane, Bury.
The young dog, described as an entire male and red in colour, was not wearing a collar and ID tag as is required by law, and was not microchipped so at the moment there is no way of tracing his owner.
RSPCA chief inspector Beth Clements said: “We are appealing for anyone who recognises this dog and has specific information about his owner to get in touch with us so we can establish what happened here.
“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 text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).