Stan - staffy iAn elderly Staffordshire bull terrier has been found abandoned amid black bags and a towel down a Maesteg lane.

RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information after the lethargic dog was found in a very poor state, struggling to walk, emaciated and with a growth to the body.

A member of the public found the dog at approximately 11.20am on Wednesday (16 May).

RSPCA officers fear the Staffy, who was wearing a leather studded collar, may have been dumped after being found on a lane at the rear of housing on Alexandra Road.

The dog, nicknamed Stan by the animal welfare charity, is not microchipped. Anyone with information about how the dog came to be found alone in Maesteg in such a poor state has been urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line.

Julie Fadden, RSPCA deputy chief inspector in South West Wales, said: “This poor dog was found in a truly shocking state, abandoned on a lane in Maesteg.

“He has been struggling to walk and is badly emaciated. Stan also has a lump near his anus that is ulcerated, and a lump on his leg.

“Stan isn’t microchipped, and a leather studded collar was so loose that I am concerned this dog may have recently lost considerable amounts of weight.

“We fear Stan has been deliberately abandoned in this state. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, with all calls treated in confidence.”

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