A stray black and white female lurcher in an “emaciated, weak and unwell” state was found in the Merthyr area, prompting an RSPCA Cymru appeal for information.

Reports to the charity suggest the dog was found in the town on Wednesday 10 May, in the Cefn Coed Cemetery at Cefn-Coed-Y-Cymmer.

She resembled a “bag of bones”, and sadly had to be put to sleep on independent veterinary advice due to the extent of her welfare problems – which included a burst mammary tumour.

The lurcher had been nicknamed ‘Lizzie’ by RSPCA staff.

RSPCA Cymru is now urging anyone who may know where the lurcher has come from to contact the charity’s Inspectorate Appeal Line.

Gemma Cooper, RSPCA inspector, said:

“This poor dog was in such an emaciated, weak and unwell state, and resembled a bag of bones.

“It’s hard to imagine what she had been through, and the circumstances behind her straying are unclear.

“Worryingly, Lizzie’s condition suggested she has been subject to neglect for some while, and independent veterinary opinion made it clear that the kindest thing to do to prevent any further suffering was to put her to sleep on welfare grounds.

“Someone must know where this poor dog had come from. If you have any information, please contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”

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