The RSPCA is appealing for information after a poorly and neglected dog was abandoned “like rubbish” in a Northampton street.

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The white and brown female terrier could barely stand when she was found by a member of the public near to Barley Hill Road, in Southfields, on Saturday (15 July).

She was taken to a vet, who contacted the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Michelle Hare said: “The dog was in such a poor condition and as she could barely stand, it is clear that she did not make her own way onto the street like this. Someone must have dumped her.

“She was absolutely crawling with fleas and her claws had curled over under themselves and embedded themselves in her pads. Sadly, she was also suffering from heart failure and despite the vets trying their very best, she deteriorated. As a result she was put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

“Quite simply, she had got into the state she was in due to pure negligence. Someone had neglected her and then dumped her like rubbish in the street. This is no way to treat an animal – there is simply no excuse.

“She wasn’t microchipped so we don’t know where she came from, but we are urging anyone who recognises her to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018, so we can find out how she came to be in this state.”

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