The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog with facial injuries consistent with fighting with badgers was found in Warrington.

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The brindle and white lurcher-type dog was found on Saturday (26 August) in a garden on Dark Lane, in Higher Whitley.

The member of the public who found the dog contacted the RSPCA, and Inspector Lisa Lupson attended to collect him. He is now in the RSPCA’s care, where staff have named him Herbie.

Inspector Lupson said: “The poor dog had injuries around his lower jaw which had left part of his skin hanging off – it was clear that he was suffering considerably from his injuries. His face was also scarred. Sadly he had most likely been using for badger baiting.

“I took him to our Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, where he is now being cared for. He is a lovely dog but it is so sad that he has been through what he has.

“He isn’t microchipped but we are keen to find out where he came from and how he ended up in this way. We are relying on the public to help us with this. Anyone who has any information should call us on 0300 123 8018.

“We also urge anyone who sees any groups of people with dogs – particularly wearing a radio transmission collar – acting suspiciously in the area to contact us or the police.”

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).