The RSPCA is appealing for information after an elderly emaciated Staffordshire bull terrier was found staggering in a street in Birkenhead.

The dog was found by a member of the public in Whetstone Lane on New Year’s Eve. They contacted the RSPCA, who took the dog to a vets to be examined.

Sadly she was so poorly that the vet made the decision to put her to sleep to prevent further suffering.

RSPCA inspector Lisa Lupson said: “The dog was in a very poorly condition. Initially we thought she had been hit by a car but it turned out that she had simply been badly neglected.

“She was very wobbly on her back legs and her left hind foot was swollen with an infected toe. She was so weak and clearly very poorly.

“This poor dog had clearly been neglected for a long time and there are no excuses to treat a dog in this way. We are appealing for anyone who has any information about who previously owned her to get in touch with us on 0300 123 8018. All calls are treated with confidence.”

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