The RSPCA is appealing for information after a poorly dog was found abandoned and collapsed on the floor outside a rescue centre in Liverpool.

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The female Staffordshire bull terrier was discovered at the entrance of the Dog’s Trust centre in Whiston Lane, Huyton, on Monday morning (5 September) – so weak she could not stand. The dog was so still that the person who found her initially thought she was a pile of clothes.

The dog was covered in mange and had no sensation in her back legs. She was so poorly that she was put to sleep on veterinary advice to prevent further suffering.

RSPCA inspector Claire Roberts said: “This poor dog was in such a bad way and she could have been like this for a while. Whoever dumped her may have thought they were doing the right thing, but instead they would have caused so much distress to an already poorly dog.

“It is hard to say how she suffered the injuries to her back legs – it could have been deliberate or she could have been hit by a car. However she sustained the injuries, she should have been taken to a vet straightaway instead of being left to suffer.

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“We have no idea where she came from as she had no collar and no microchip. Unfortunately there was no CCTV either so we are relying on people to come forward and give us information. We are urging anyone who has any information at all to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

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