The RSPCA is appealing for information after a Lurcher was found emaciated and suffering from a burst mammary tumour in Bishop Auckland.
Sadly the female fawn-coloured dog had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice.
She was found by a member of the public in the Hamsterley area and taken to a vets who called local charity Stray Aid in Coxhoe.
Sue Bielby, Stray Aid’s veterinary surgeon, said: “This desperate dog had been left for such a long time there was no other option but to put her to sleep.
“She must have been suffering for weeks, if not months, before she was found.
“The pain – particularly just prior to the tumour bursting – would have been excruciating for her. You could smell it when she came into the building.”
It’s thought she was probably aged around 12 years old, based on the condition of her teeth. She wasn’t wearing a collar and ID tag or microchipped, as is required by law, so at the moment there is no way of tracing her owner.
RSPCA inspector Kaye Smith, investigating, said: “Stray Aid called us on Wednesday 15 February, when this poor dog was brought in to them.
“The photographs say it all really, she was in a shocking state.
“It’s hard to believe anyone would allow their pet to get into this condition, but to then abandon her is just disgusting.
“I want to hear from anyone who recognises her, and knows who her owner is. Please call the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”
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).
For more information about Stray Aid and to support their work please visit: http://strayaid.org.uk/