The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog wandered off the metro at Gateshead station alone with a suspected stab wound.
The male brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier was spotted by staff who called us at around midday on Saturday (12 January).
RSPCA inspector Rowena Proctor said: “The poor boy was crying out, whimpering and clearly in some distress.
“He had a one inch wound to his back, which was infected.
“I took him straight to the vets who say that the injury definitely appears to have been caused by a sharp object.
“At this point, we don’t know if this has been an accident or if someone has done this on purpose to him.
“Despite efforts to track down where he has come from on CCTV, we are no further forward yet, and hope that someone out there will know something about him.
“He’s an entire (unneutered) older dog, probably around eight years old. He is microchipped but unfortunately this hasn’t been registered so at the moment we have no way of tracing his owner.
“He appears to be in good condition so there may be someone looking for him.”
Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for Inspector Proctor.
He is under vet treatment in RSPCA care whilst our investigation continues.
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