The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man was seen dumping a dog on a busy road in Liverpool in broad daylight.

Members of the public witnessed a man in a green old-style Land Rover pull up on Shevingtons Lane, Kirkby, take the dog out of the car before driving off – abandoning the dog on the side of the road. The incident happened at 2pm on Tuesday (2 October).

The dog, a male Staffie, starting running on the 40mph road and nearly got hit by vehicles a number of times, before a member of the public was able to safely rescue him on a makeshift lead.

The dog has now been nicknamed Jack, after the man who helped to get him to safety.

RSPCA inspector Helen Smith, who is investigating the incident, said: “It is shocking that someone abandoned a dog like this so callously, in broad daylight and with no regards for the dog’s safety or wellbeing.

“Jack was very lucky to have not been seriously injured or killed while running on the road.

“I took Jack to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, where he was checked over. He has a broken tail but otherwise is in good condition. He is so friendly and it is hard to understand why someone would abandon him like they did.

“He wasn’t microchipped and didn’t have a collar so we have no way of knowing where he came from. We can’t rule out the possibility that he was stolen either – there may be someone out there who is missing this poor dog.”

The man who was seen abandoning Jack was described as white and around 50 years old.

“We urge anyone who has any information about this incident to call us, in confidence, on 0300 123 8018 so we can look into this further,” added Inspector Smith.

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