An urgent appeal for information has been launched, after a dog was picked up in Princetown, Tredegar, with horrific injuries, and a leg hanging off.
The grey male lurcher was caught by Gwent Police today (19 June), and is now in RSPCA Cymru care for treatment. He had been found on Merthyr Road.
It is suspected the dog’s right hind leg has been left hanging off after getting trapped by a snare, which has gone right through the bone.
RSPCA Cymru is now seeking to track down the owner of the lurcher dog, with anyone in the Tredegar area with any relevant information urged to get in touch as soon as possible.
Simon Evans, RSPCA inspector, said: “This poor lurcher would appear to have been through a truly horrendous ordeal, with such a devastating injury to his back hind leg.
“We suspect this may have been caused by a snare – which is another example of how indiscriminate and cruel these devices can be.
“He was found with his leg quite literally hanging off, and will now undergo treatment in RSPCA Cymru care.
“Anyone with any relevant information about who the dog’s owner may be, or the circumstances behind his nasty injury, are urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“We were pleased to work with Gwent Police on this incident, and partnership working is so important in helping to keep animals safe across Wales. It is just hoped now some information comes forward about what happened to this poor lurcher, and that we can find his owner.”
PC Dave Tomsa, said “The dog was found on the road at about 8am this morning in a terrible condition with his rear right leg severely injured. With help from the public, together, we managed to get him into my vehicle and take him to the vets for treatment.
“Anyone with any information can also call us on 101 quoting log number 95 19/06/17.”
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