The RSPCA is appealing for information after an extremely emaciated staffie was found abandoned in North Shields.

The white Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Ayma by the veterinary staff, is so thin all of her ribs are visible and she is unable to stand or walk.

She was discovered by a member of the public at about 6am this morning (Friday, 12 October) on a grassy embankment near Howden Road, close to the A187 in North Shields.

RSPCA inspector Cathy Maddison, who is now investigating, said: “No matter how long I do this job, nothing quite prepares you for seeing a dog at this level of emaciation. I don’t know how she is still alive and what is even more heartbreaking is just how lovely and friendly she is, despite what she has been through.

“She was found by a member of the public this morning who spotted her wrapped in an old towel. Luckily, the kind member of the public scooped her up and we were contacted. He told me he was on his way to get ready for a job interview when he stopped what he was doing to help which really shows the kindness of members of the public.”

The staffie is around four-years-old, she’s not microchipped and is covered in fleas despite wearing a brown flea collar.

A check-over at the vets found that she weighed just over six kilos, less than half the 16kg she should weigh as an adult dog.

Inspector Maddison added: “She is now on fluids at the vets and has been given some much-needed food. Sadly, it is really touch and go for her as she is so emaciated so it’s not known if she will pull through the night.

“We are now appealing for information to try and find out how she came to be abandoned. If anyone recognises her, or has any information which may help our investigation, please contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”