RSPCA has launched an urgent appeal for information amid fears a badly-injured dog found in Abercynon has been used in badger digging or dog fighting activity.
The animal welfare charity was alerted after the dog was found near the Pontcynon Industrial Estate on Sunday (8 July).
Severe injuries have been found across the body of the border terrier, who was “visibly in a huge amount of pain”.
The dog was covered in bite wounds, the most prominent of which was very deep and gaping to the back of his neck. Scars from historical injuries were also evident on the body of the dog.
RSPCA Cymru staff have nicknamed the unneutered dog Buster, and launched an urgent plea to the public for information concerning how he came to be found near the industrial estate in such a poor state.
The dog has been given urgent pain relief and antibiotics, and placed on a drip for rehydration. He is continuing to receive vital treatment in the care of the RSPCA.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line.
RSPCA inspector Julie Fadden said: “I am deeply concerned that this poor border terrier has been used for badger digging or dog fighting, given the extent of his injuries.
“Buster has some terrible injuries – including a deep, gaping neck wound and numerous bite marks. He’s exceptionally lethargic, and visibly in a huge amount of pain and distress.
“Old scars and injuries are evident on the body of the dog too, as are claw marks down the sides of his neck.
“Anyone in the Abercynon area with any information about what has happened to this dog is urged to contact us immediately. Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018.”
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