The RSPCA is appealing for information after a poorly and emaciated Japanese akita dog was found staggering on a Greater Manchester street.

The member of the public who found the dog managed to confine him in their garden before contacting the RSPCA. An animal welfare officer (AWO) from the charity collected the dog and took him to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for him to be assessed.

“This poor dog was in so much discomfort,” said AWO Steve Wickham. “It is the first time I have ever seen a dog whimper and cry because a stethoscope is touching their skin.”

The dog, who has been nicknamed Chester, was found in Chestnut Walk, Partington, on Wednesday morning (25 July).

AWO Wickham said: “Chester is in a very poor state. Not only is he very skinny but his skin is also very sore and he has pus coming out of his eyes. He was staggering about and was trying to bite at his own skin because it was itching so much.

“Japanese akitas are usually majestic-looking dogs so it is very sad to see one in such a poor state. The staff at the hospital gave him a steroid injection to stop the scratching which has calmed him down a bit.

“He has clearly been neglected for some time and we are keen to find out how he came to be in this way.”

Chester has no microchip so the RSPCA is unable to find out where he came from. Anyone who has any information should contact the charity’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

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