An appeal for information has been launched after a dog was found abandoned on Rhigos Mountain, near Aberdare, emaciated and covered in tumours.

The brindle mastiff dog was found by a member of the public on Tuesday (12 September) at around 1pm and was taken to Hope Rescue Centre in Llanharan.

Appeal Rhigos Mountain pic1The dog – nicknamed Winston – was taken to avets, but sadly he was put to sleep on veterinary advice due to the severity of his suffering. He was estimated to be around three to four years old.

Winston was suffering several ruptured tumours weeping with infection, other large tumours, an untreated fractured leg, skin condition and an ear condition. He was blind in one eye, had a swollen abdomen, overgrown nails and was suffering with a heavy flea burden. He was also severely emaciated.

Hope Rescue’s head of welfare, Sara Rosser, said this was a truly horrific case.

“This poor dog had clearly suffered so much in his relatively short life and yet he still craved human affection despite being in excruciating pain,” she said.

“The Hope Rescue staff and volunteers are all heartbroken that we could do nothing to help him but the kindest act of all was to put him to sleep, in the arms of people who truly cared.

“We need to find out who is responsible for this – we want justice for Winston.”

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said: “Poor Winston was left abandoned in such a terrible state.

“The vet gave him a body score of one
​ out of five​ – which means he was extremely thin and malnourished. It is just so sad to think what he went through.

“Along with Hope Rescue we are appealing for information to try and find out what happened to him. If anyone has any information, please can they contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”


Pictures of Winston are from Hope Rescue Centre.