A female Staffordshire bull terrier type dog has been found tied up in the cold and dark, emaciated and covered in sores in Middleton, Greater Manchester.
She was discovered by a dog walker at around 7.30pm on Saturday night (30 January) tied to a gate by a red, cord Ancol lead at the cut-through to a field between some houses on Ulswater Drive.
RSPCA inspector Nichola Waterworth said: “Thankfully she was spotted by the member of the public when she was. It was a cold night and she was tied up alone.
“She’s extremely thin and has pressure sores from where she’s been laid down on a hard floor of some type. Her skin is flaky and her nails are overgrown. I suspect she’s been living outside or perhaps in a shed or something like that, as she was very dirty and smelly too.
“Though a little nervous, she is a very sweet girl with a very waggy tail.”
She wasn’t wearing an identification tag but is microchipped, which, with further investigation, revealed that she had been rehomed from an animal welfare charity in May, then rehomed again in August via Gumtree and the details never updated. Her previous owners had called her ‘Jazz’.
“It certainly seems as though this poor girl has had a rough life so far,” said RSPCA inspector Waterworth.
“From what we know she’s been through at least three homes before being abandoned in this way, neglected and suffering.
“I’m appealing for anyone who recognises her and has any specific information about her owner to get in touch by calling 0300 123 8018 and asking to leave a message for me.”
Jazz continues to be under veterinary care.
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