The RSPCA is appealing for information after a poorly dog with a large tumour on his face was found on a street in Braintree, Essex.

The German Shepherd-type dog was found in Beckers Green Road on Saturday, 3 March, by a member of the public.

He had a large tumour on the left side of his face which was dripping blood and he was very thin.

An RSPCA officer took him to a local vets, where an examination showed that he also had tumours in his chest. As he was so poorly the vet made the decision to put him to sleep to prevent further suffering.

The dog, who was around 10 years old, was microchipped however none of the phone numbers on the chip work, and the address is incorrect. On the microchip his name is given as Chunk.

RSPCA inspector Sian Ridley said: “Chunk was a very poorly dog and it is clear that he was in a lot of pain. On top of that, the tumour on his face was dripping blood. He was also very thin. The poor dog was in a bad way.

“He was such a sweet-natured, lovely dog and it was heartbreaking to see him suffering.

“We’re not sure how long he’d been on the streets for, whether he’d escaped from his home or whether he was callously dumped. We are keen to find out how he came to be in the sad situation he was in, and we are urging anyone with information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

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