‘She was very lucky to be discovered’ – RSPCA launch investigation after underweight dog found collapsed and red raw on Royston’s Therfield Heath
PUBLISHED: 13:21 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:45 01 November 2016
A dumped cocker spaniel was found collapsed by a passerby on Royston’s Therfield Heath yesterday morning, 4kg underweight and suffering from a severe skin condition.
The poor black and white dog – aged between two and three, and whose skin on her limbs was red raw – was taken to a Royston vets where she was diagnosed with demodectic mange.
The RSPCA is now investigating the incident, and inspector Stephen Reeves said: “This poor little dog had very sore skin, hardly any fur and covered in cuts to her body.
“She is very lucky these kind people found her, took her in and rushed her to the vets for treatment.
“The severity of her skin condition was so bad she was in pain and really suffering with it – she urgently needed vet care.
“We would urge anyone who recognises this cocker spaniel and may know where she has come from to contact us as soon as possible.”
The shocking discovery came within just days of the launch of the RSPCA’s Love Animals, Hate Cruelty campaign, which aims to bring these issues to the forefront.
The intiative reminds people that among the celebrations in the build up to the festive season, a huge number of calls are being made to report neglect.
Anyone with information about where this dog has come from and what happened to her is being urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.