The RSPCA is appealing for information after a straying dog with a maggot infestation was found in a Warrington field.

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The animal welfare charity was contacted on Tuesday last week (27 June) after the shar pei dog was found in fields near Street Lane, in Lower Whitley, Warrington.

The dog’s name is given as Torres on his microchip – however, contact details for his owner are out of date.

RSPCA inspector Naomi Norris said: “Torres has various patches on his body – including on his back and on his legs – which, when he was found, were completely infested with maggots. There were hundreds of maggots burrowing in his skin and he would have been suffering a great deal.

“We don’t know if he has escaped from someone’s garden or if he was dumped, but he is friendly and approachable.

“We need to know if anyone recognises the dog and, if so, to contact us on 0300 123 8018 so we can find out how he became to be in this condition.”

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