The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was dumped with a broken leg in Boston, Lincolnshire, which has now had to be amputated.
The male lurcher-type dog was tied to a bush with pink baler twine, in such a way that he was not able to lay down.
He was spotted ‘purely by chance’ ‘down a dead-end road called Cuthberts Lane, in the village of Frampton West, Boston at round 4.30pm on Monday 18 September.
RSPCA inspector Becky Harper said: “This is a very rural area so he was very lucky to have been found and could easily have been there all night.
“Abandoning any animal is the wrong thing to do, but abandoning an animal in this way was really despicable.
“He was tied with such a short piece of twine that he was forced to stand, even with his injuries, or he would have been at risk of strangling himself.”
The dog – who has been called ‘Red’ – is described as a smooth coated lurcher, and is approximately 18 months old.
The finders kindly took him to a local vet where he was made comfortable, given pain relief and put on a drip before being moved to another vet surgery.
“Sadly, it has been necessary to amputate his injured leg,” said inspector Harper. “The local branch, RSPCA Lincolnshire East, has taken him on and say he’s already adapting well to life as a three legged dog, which is good news, and hopefully he will be up for rehoming soon.
“We have been told that there were hare coursers in the area that night, and given the breed of dog Red is, we believe he may be yet another victim of this cruel so-called ‘sport’.
“I want to know who dumped Red like this and am appealing to anyone who knows anything to get in touch.
“If anyone has any specific information that might help my investigation please call me on our inspector appeal line 0300 123 8018.”
Lincolnshire Police launched their campaign – called Operation Galileo – to tackle hare coursing in the county earlier this month and the RSPCA donated seven microchip scanners to the police to assist with their efforts. If anyone sees anything suspicious please call 101 with descriptions of vehicles, registration plates, people and dogs.
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