A badly-injured dog believed to have been used in badger digging or dog fighting is recovering well in RSPCA care.

The border terrier was found near the Pontcynon Industrial Estate in Abercynon on Sunday 8 July. He was covered in bite wounds and was in a huge amount of pain. One of the wounds on the back of his neck was very deep and gaping.

Buster recovery pic2Once in RSPCA care, the dog – named Buster by staff – was given immediate pain relief and antibiotics, and placed on a drip for rehydration.

Buster is receiving ongoing veterinary care at RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil veterinary clinic and is doing really well following an operation on his ear and his back.

Senior clinician Jonathan Fitzmaurice said he is on the road to recovery. “Buster has needed a lot of treatment over the past few weeks due to his serious injuries, but he is doing so well,” he said.

“An operation was needed to remove his ear – which was severely injured – and for the the skin on his back that had died off. The large wound on his back has now got a lot smaller – down to a quarter of the size of what it was when he came in. He’s also now been neutered.

“Despite all he has been through, he is such a happy dog and is adored by all the staff here along with the inspectorate who pop in. He loves getting attention and is a lovely little dog.”

Once he is fully recovered he will be transferred to an RSPCA animal centre where he will be made available for rehoming.

Buster new picRSPCA inspector Julie Fadden said: “Poor Buster – he has been through a lot and when he came into our care he was lethargic and was in a lot of pain and distress. He has some truly awful injuries – including a deep, gaping neck wound and numerous bite marks.

“Given his injuries, I am deeply concerned that this poor border terrier has been used for badger digging or dog fighting. Old scars and injuries are evident on the body of the dog too, as are claw marks down the sides of his neck.

“I’m so pleased to see he is recovering well and I’m sure soon he will have that second chance of happiness with a new owner who really can give him the love and care he deserves.”

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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