An American bulldog was found in a “pitiful” condition staggering the streets of a South Wales village, prompting an urgent RSPCA Cymru appeal for information.
Officers from the charity were contacted after the female dog was found in the village of Quakers Yard – near Merthyr Tydfil – on Friday (9 March).
The white and brown dog – who is very identifiable due to a scar on her back – had an abscess underneath her throat which was dripping with puss. She also had a swollen face.
Sadly, the condition the dog was in was so severe that she later died at an independent veterinary practice.
Her microchip details were out-of-date, and the RSPCA is urging the public to come forward with information about who may have owned the dog, and how she came to be abandoned in Quakers Yard in such a bad way.
The last known owner of the American bulldog – from 2016 – lived in the Merthyr area, with the outdated microchip details suggesting the dog’s name was Rosie.
RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “This poor dog was found on the streets of Quakers Yard in a pitiful state – emaciated, and with a severely wounded face.
“Sadly, her condition and health were so bad that the poor dog died soon after being transferred to an independent veterinary practice. I shudder to think about the trauma she had been through.
“The American bulldog was microchipped – but our enquiries suggest this information is out-of-date. We do know a previous owner of the dog, as recently as 2016, lived in Merthyr.
“We’re eager to find out how this dog – who had gone by the name Rosie – ended up on the streets of Quakers Yard in this awful condition, and who the owner of the animal may have been.
“Anyone with any information is urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence, and could help us decipher how this dog came to face such a tragic end to her life.”
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