Sergeant nowHe certainly has been through a lot.

But now Sergeant, the brindle lurcher who was found collapsed by a member of the public on a small grass verge at the end of Rudry Road, Rudry, Caerphilly, at 7.10pm on 16 September is definitely back on his feet.

A member of the public, who notified the RSPCA, said a woman riding a horse said she saw two men beating a dog before running off.

Sergeant, who is around 10 years old, was taken to a vet in Newport for treatment, where it was discovered that he had an air weapon pellet in his skull.

He has been recuperating at the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre and is now available for rehoming.

Centre manager Debbie Caffull said: “This wonderful dog came to our centre under very tragic circumstances.

“Throughout all his recovery he has proven to be a very placid and well natured dog who deserves to find his happy ever after.

“He is extremely loving and affectionate and loves being around people. Sergeant loves his daily walks and running around in our paddock so will make an excellent companion.

“His new home will need to be without cats but he could live with secondary school aged children and possibly another dog but will need further testing before being rehomed with one.”

RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said they are still appealing for information on how Sergeant became injured.

“We are still looking for leads and would like to speak to the horse rider who witnessed the incident,” she said.

“A kind member of the public has even offered a small reward for that person to come forward with information that leads to finding the suspects.”

Caerphilly dog 1Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

Anyone interested in rehoming Sergeant can contact Newport Animal Centre on 0300 123 0744 or email newport@rspca.org.uk. The centre, based at Hartridge Farm Road, is open 11.30am to 4pm every day, except Thursdays.

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). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.