The RSPCA is appealing for a dog-lover to rehome a pup who had his leg amputated after being neglected by his previous owners.

Ralph today

Ralph, an eleven-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross, was rescued from a house in Sutton-in-Ashfield by an RSPCA inspector in February this year. He had a fractured left back leg, three broken ribs and a fractured pelvis which had gone untreated for at least 10 days. It is not known for certain how he sustained the injuries.

His leg injury was so severe that he had to have his leg amputated.

Ralph is now being cared for at the RSPCA’s Derby branch, in Abbey Street, where he is available for rehoming.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Burrows, who rescued Ralph, said: “Poor Ralph was in such a bad way when I rescued him, he looked so sad. He was only five months old and he wasn’t using his back leg at all. We soon found that he had a number of injuries.

Ralph shortly after being rescued

“Due to the severity of his injuries Ralph had a long recovery period. After his leg was amputated he was on cage-rest for two months and after that period he couldn’t walk.

“To help build up his strength he had regular hydrotherapy sessions and eventually he started taking little steps. He is such a strong-willed dog and he has amazed us all. Having three legs does not hold him back at all.

“Ralph had such a horrible start to his life and he would have been in so much pain with these injuries. But today he is such a lovely dog and he absolutely loves getting cuddles from people. Considering what he went through, Ralph loves to be around people and he will make such a lovely family pet.”

Anyone who is interested in rehoming Ralph should contact the branch on 01332 344620.

Ralph’s previous owners, Paula Watson (DOB 29/12/1978) and Andrew James (DOB -2/06/1976), both of St Michael’s Street, in Sutton-in-Ashfield, were sentenced at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday last week (4 August).

Watson received an eight-week prison sentence suspended for one year, was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £250 in costs. James was given an immediate eight-week prison sentence and was ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge. Both were disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

They were found guilty in their absence of two offences each at an earlier hearing last month. The offences were causing unnecessary suffering to Ralph between 12 February and 26 February this year by failing to seek veterinary care and failing to meet the needs of Ralph, again between 12 February and 26 February this year.

A video of Ralph is available to be downloaded at