The RSPCA is investigating after a tumour-ridden dog was tied up and left for dead under a bush.

A member of the public found the distressed dog, thought to be a collie cross, tied up in an alleyway next to Available Car, in Station Road, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, on Saturday morning (16 December).

He was immediately taken to a vet, where he was put to sleep on welfare grounds as he was so poorly.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Gardner said: “This poor dog was thin, appeared to be blind and had a huge tumour on his back, plus a few other tumours on his body.

“The woman who found him didn’t see him at first as he had been hidden among brambles. She was only alerted to him because she heard a distressed bark. If he hadn’t have made a noise then he may well have never been discovered and could have died there all alone in the cold.

“I feel that whoever dumped him did so with the intention of leaving him there to die, as he was dumped out of sight. It is heartbreaking to think that someone believes it is acceptable to treat an animal like this.

“He had clearly been suffering. If you have a pet then you are legally responsible to ensure that they get veterinary treatment when they need it. The last thing a pet-owner should do is abandon the animal and ignore the situation. We don’t know how long this dog had been there for – he could have been there all night – but it is difficult knowing that the last few hours of his life were distressing.”

Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.

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