The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a dog who went missing from her home four years ago was found with serious injuries thought to have been caused by dog-fighting.

The Staffordshire bull terrier was found on The Leverretts, in Birmingham, by a member of the public on 28 December. The woman contacted the RSPCA and an inspector went to collect the dog.

When Inspector Mike Scargill arrived, he was shocked by the state of the dog. She had extensive bite wounds consistent with dog-fighting, both old and new, all over her body, a large fresh bite wound on her neck, a wound on her rear leg that had gone right through to the bone and a punctured eye.

She is currently being treated at the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Hospital but is still very ill.

The dog was microchipped and her name was given on the chip as Zeena. Inspector Scargill said: “I have visited her previous owner, whose details were on the microchip, and they were very shocked and upset.

“Zeena had run off about four years previously and had not returned. She was found a significant distance from her last registered home, and the surmise is that she was found by an unscrupulous person and brutalized horrifically.

“It is heartbreaking to think what she went through but thankfully she has now been rescued from cruelty. We are hoping very much that she will pull through this.”

Inspector Scargill added: “Zeena is incredibly nervous, particularly of men, vulnerable and submissive. She has had extensive treatment at the animal hospital.

“I am appealing for the public to get in touch if they have any information regarding Zeena and where she has been for the last four years. It is clear that she has been subject to the most horrific and frightening treatment, and any information pertaining to who may possibly have done this to her will be treated with the utmost discretion and acted upon accordingly.

“Although dog fighting was banned in 1835, it still has a dedicated following among certain depraved and cowardly sections of society, and it is only through information from the public who are willing to stand up against this abhorrent practice that we can follow up and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”

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