The RSPCA is appealing for information after an emaciated dog was abandoned in a wood, tied to a tree, with a bucket of water left next to him.
The male brindle Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog was found by a dog-walker in Warley Woods, in Smethwick, near Birmingham, on Thursday morning (8 September).
The dog – who has been named Abe and is thought to be aged around three – is now in the RSPCA’s care.
RSPCA inspector Mike Scargill, who is investigating, said: “The man who found Abe sensibly took him to a vet, who found he was severely emaciated and with pressure sores on his paws. The vet said Abe had been subjected to chronic neglect, leaving him in a terrible condition.
“Despite what he has been through, Abe is very friendly and he has already gained a lot of fans at the centre where he is being cared for.
“It is so sad that someone led Abe to a spot within the woods, tied him to a tree, plonked a bucket of water next to him then just walked away. This would have left Abe very distressed. We don’t know for sure how long he was left there for. At the end of the day, there is absolutely no excuse as to why someone should callously abandon an animal like this.
“I am so grateful to the man who found Abe and took him immediately to the vets. There are so many kind animal-lovers out there who would not have been able to turn a blind eye to Abe’s plight.”
As Abe was not microchipped, the RSPCA is relying on members of the public to come forward with information on where Abe came from.
Anyone with information should call 0300 123 8018 in complete confidence, and leave a message for Inspector Mike Scargill.
While an investigation is ongoing, Abe is not available for rehoming however it is hoped he will be soon.
The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)