IMG_1717The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog linked to South Wales was found in Reading with injuries consistent with illegal activity.

A member of the public found the dog in the Burghfield area of the Berkshire town on Sunday (29 October). Sadly, the large cream-coloured greyhound-type dog was found with blood-stained bite marks all over his face, was unable to close his mouth, and also has nasty injuries to his leg.

Veterinary examination of the dog suggests the injuries are consistent with those commonly sustained in badger baiting-type or hunting activity. The RSPCA is urging anyone who may have information linked to the dog’s sorry condition to contact the charity’s inspectorate appeal line.

Microchip details for the dog were registered in South Wales – to previous owners who had sold the dog some while ago. They are horrified by the dog’s plight, and have taken the dog back to Treharris, where he is continuing treatment and is on pain relief and anti-biotics.

RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “This poor dog was found in Reading in a horrendous state, with a de-gloved lower jaw – meaning the skin had been ripped from his muzzle. He also had leg wounds and many old scars on his face.

“Veterinary inspection confirmed the dog’s awful injuries were consistent with illegal activity, potentially hunting or badger baiting.

“Microchip details traced the dog back to previous owners in South Wales – who were horrified to hear of how the dog had been found, and the fears of the vet. They have brought the poor thing back to Treharris.

“Anyone with information about how this dog was found in the Burghfield area of Reading with horrific injuries on 29 October is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”

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