RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a poorly dog was found near the village of Dolwyddelan, Conwy.
The Staffordshire bull terrier dog was found by a group of people in a rural area outside the small village on Saturday morning (31 March).
RSPCA inspector Mike Pugh said: “This brindle elderly dog was found wandering in the road by a group of people and then leaned against their vehicle. She was very wet, was falling over and looked very poorly.
“They put her in their car with a blanket to warm her up and called us.”
Inspector Pugh immediately set off to the location, but sadly the dog passed away with the rescuers who were kindly keeping her warm and safe in their car.
He said: “Sadly this dog didn’t make it. At the vets, it was confirmed she was underweight, dehydrated and had a tumour around the mammary area.
“We don’t know what has happened, whether she was a stray or was sadly dumped. But it could well be the case that she’s gone missing while walking with her owner in the area who could be desperately searching for her. Unfortunately she wasn’t microchipped so we can’t track her owner down.
“From the picture it is hard to see her colouring as she is wet, but she is an elderly brindle dog, who has a white patch on her chest. She was also wearing a brown leather collar, but there was no ID.
“We are urging anyone with information about this dog to contact us on 0300 123 8018 with all calls treated in confidence.”
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
The RSPCA would like to remind people to get their pets microchipped to give their lost pets the chance of returning home. It is also important to register the chip with a national database and update your contact details if you move or change phone number. More information can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/general/microchipping
If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and rely on public donations.