CCTV outside - Birkenhead man, iThe RSPCA has released images of a person they hope to speak to, as they continue to investigate the circumstances behind the dumping of a dying young dog in Birkenhead.

An appeal for information was launched by the animal welfare charity, after the bulldog-type dog was taken into the Animal Trust Vets in Birkenhead on Sunday 6 December in a very bad way.

The dog was severely malnourished and in a collapsed state, with a series of severe health problems – including hypothermia, an eye infection and a serious untreated ear infection. She also had a caesarean section scar – suggesting she may have been used for puppy breeding.

Sadly, despite 24-hours of emergency treatment, vets felt they had no choice but to put the dog to sleep due to the severity of her condition. The dog had been transferred to another veterinary practice in Ellesmere Port for further care – but sadly her condition deteriorated.

A man who took the dog to the veterinary surgery reported finding her abandoned in Victoria Park. However, he left no details at the veterinary practice and the RSPCA is keen to speak to the individual in the hope of finding out more information.

Officers from the charity have now released images of the man from CCTV footage at the vets, in the hope that someone can help put them in touch.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said: “While we’ve seen an outpouring of concern from the local community about the condition this poor dog was found in, we’re still trying to find out what happened.

“We are really keen to speak to the individual who reported finding this dog in Victoria Park in Birkenhead, and took her to the vets. We’re now in a position to release CCTV images of this man, as we are hopeful he will have information which can really help our enquiries. There is no suggestion that we believe this man is responsible.

“This poor bulldog-type dog was in such a bad way – and we really need to find out how she was allowed to get in such a poor condition, and the circumstances behind her neglect and abandonment.

“Anyone with information, or who can help put us in touch, can contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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