This photo shows the moment a terrified dog was rescued by the RSPCA after being tied up to a gate and abandoned in the middle of a field at night.
The dog was spotted by a member of the public in the field, in Blythe Road, Coleshill, Birmingham, on the evening of Friday, 25 August.
They contacted the RSPCA, and Inspector Mike Scargill attended to rescue the dog, a male Staffordshire bull terrier.
The dog was so terrified and untrusting that it took Inspector Scargill 45 minutes to get the dog into his van.
Inspector Scargill said: “The field was very secluded and off a very fast road with no footpath, so it was very fortunate that the member of public spotted him.
“He was cold, hungry and very scared. The gate was about 50 yards down a track, and he had been tied specifically to the field side of the gate, indicating to me that whoever tied him there had gone to great lengths to ensure that he wasn’t found.
“He was so scared that it took me 45 minutes to get him into my van, as – understandably – he did not trust humans.
“But I managed to get him in my van eventually and I took him to our Birmingham Animal Hospital. Thankfully he is in overall good health, although he isn’t chipped so we don’t know where he came from. We just can’t understand why someone would abandon him like this.”
The dog is now in the RSPCA’s care.
The RSPCA is now appealing for people with information about who abandoned him. Anyone who can help the RSPCA with its investigation is asked to call 0300 123 8018. All calls are treated in confidence.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).