The RSPCA is appealing for information after an emaciated and injured dog was found in a street in Runcorn.
A member of the public found the Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog in Shepherds Row, at 8.30pm on Thursday 21 September.
The dog, thought to be around 10 years old, had an old leg fracture, a skin condition, severe muscle wastage, sores on his feet and legs and an ulcer on his eye.
He was in such a bad way that he was put to sleep on veterinary advice to prevent further suffering.
RSPCA inspector Leanne Cragg said: “It is obviously very worrying that a dog was discovered in such a condition. We don’t know how he got these injuries, or how long he had them for, but we are concerned that someone let a dog get into this state.
“He was an old dog and he may have been suffering for some time. It is really heartbreaking.
“We are appealing for anyone who has any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
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).