The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found dumped by the edge of the road in Holbeach in such an extreme state of neglect it is believed he had probably been unable to move for at least a month.
The male Shih-tzu cross, thought to be around seven years old, was discovered collapsed on his side on Sunday (March 9) morning. He was extremely emaciated, with an infected mouth and a popped ulcerated eye.
A passing member of the public found him in the Washway Road area of Holbeach and took him to the nearby Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Algarkirk near Boston.
Centre manager Joanne Hickson said: “In the 16 years I have been at this centre this is one of the worst cases I have ever seen.
“When the very distressed member of the public arrived this poor animal was on his side and completely unable to move. His breathing was very shallow, although he kept screaming and yelping as if trying to right himself. It was as if he was already half dead.
“When we turned him over we saw his eyeball had popped out and the socket was ulcerated and infected. His fur was also completely matted on one side and it was clear he had been collapsed like this for some time – the vet thinks at least a month.
“We took him straight to a vet who was horrified at the state he was in and said the kindest thing was to put him to sleep to stop him from suffering further.
“It was just horrible to see this poor animal in this state – a sight that will stay with me for quite some time.”
RSPCA inspector Andy Bostock said: “This sounds like an extremely severe case of neglect. It is hard to imagine how much this poor animal would have suffered.
“Unfortunately he had no microchip or information about where he came from so we urge anyone with any information about this to come forward and let us know on 0300 123 8018 or Jerry Green Dog Rescue on 01205 260546.”
The RSPCA can only investigate cases of cruelty like this with your help. Please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).