The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found wandering around South Shields in a suffering state.
The black and white male dog, thought to be a Staffy/Border collie cross, was found straying near to the shops on Whiteleas Way on Tuesday 20 March and handed to the dog warden.
He is very thin and suffering from the skin condition demodectic mange.
RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector (DCI) Helen Nedley said: “This poor dog’s spine, hips and ribs are all easily visible.
“He has patches of fur loss and thinning fur all over his body, pink and scabby skin and the inside of his ears are thickened with scabs inside.
“It has taken him some time to get into such a poor and suffering state.”
He wasn’t wearing a collar and ID tag and wasn’t microchipped, as is required by law.
“He is very distinctive looking, almost half of his face being black and half white, and I’m hoping that someone will recognise him and know who his owner is and get in touch,” said DCI Nedley.
“If you have any information that you think might help my investigation please call the RSPCA inspector appeal line 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”
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