IMG_9710A search for the owner of a French bulldog has been launched by RSPCA Cymru, after the dog was found alone in Swansea, with its only identifier being an unregistered microchip from Poland.

The animal welfare charity was notified after the dog was spotted by a member of the public on Thursday (1 February) in the Fforestfach area of the city. The male dog was initially spotted on Weig Fach Lane in the area, and followed a member of the public home.

Unfortunately, the French bulldog has a tilted head, and was initially seen to be foaming at the mouth when he was found straying. He is receiving treatment for various other health issues too – including facial paralysis, a damaged eye and inflamed ears. Sadly, brachycephalic dogs (those with short, flat faces) are more at risk from several health problems, including painful eye injuries, because of the way they’ve been bred to have exaggerated features.

The French bulldog – believed to be three years-of-age –  remains in RSPCA care, and the charity is hoping the owner – or someone with relevant information – will get in touch via its inspectorate appeal line.

RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West said: “This poor French bulldog was found in an horrendous state – with numerous health issues.

“Sadly, because of the way they are bred, we know dogs like French bulldogs face increased risk of several problems, which can include issues with their eyes.

“While a microchip was found on him, it is not registered and appears to have been implanted in Poland.

“Somebody must know something about how this poor dog came to be out and about alone on the streets of Fforestfach, with so many health problems.

“We’re urging the owner, or anyone with information, to get in touch – with our inspectorate appeal line reachable on 0300 123 8018, and all calls treated in confidence.”

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