A black and fawn pug has been found in a Lliswerry Park in a “devastating state” with injuries consistent with dog fighting.
RSPCA Cymru was alerted after a member of the public spotted the struggling dog in Black Ash Park in Newport on 12 May.
The dog was unable to walk, and was covered in nasty wounds which vets thought were several days old, and potentially indicated fighting activity.
The pug was rushed to a local veterinary practice, where he was given medication, fluids and treatment – but sadly the dog passed away 24 hours later.
A microchip was found on the dog – registered to a local boarding kennels, who confirmed they had taken the dog in as a stray.
However, they had subsequently given the dog to an individual claiming to be the owner – and RSPCA Cymru is now appealing for information in the hope of locating that individual, or for any information which could explain what happened to the dog.
RSPCA inspector Emma Smith said: “This poor dog was found in a horrendous state in a Lliswerry Park in Newport – unable to walk, and covered in injuries.
“A kind-hearted member of the public rushed the dog to the vets, but his injuries were so severe and sadly he died a day later.
“Given the dog’s state, it seems very possible he was deliberately dumped in the park in this way. His injuries were horrific – and potentially consistent with dog fighting activity.
“A microchip was located – but was out-of-date and registered to boarding kennels who confirmed they had passed the dog on to someone claiming ownership in August 2018.
“If anyone has any information about an owner, or where about how this dog came to found in such a devastating state, they are urged to contact us. Our inspectorate appeal line is available on 0300 123 8018.”
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