THE RSPCA has launched an investigation after an elderly dog was left abandoned next to a park bench in Netherton.
The friendly tan and black crossbreed dog was found by a local resident in Netherton Green earlier this month and called the RSPCA.
Animal rescuer Deborah Beats was sent to the scene and she could see the poor dog had an injured back leg and was struggling to stand and he also had a small lump on his belly.
She rushed the pet to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital where he is now being treated.
Deborah said: “The dog was so friendly, it is so sad he was left tied to a bench all alone. He had an obvious problem with his back leg and could not stand on it and I could also see a lump on his belly.
“He is now in the care of the RSPCA where vets have discovered he suffers from a severe brittle bone disease which has caused his leg deformity. They are also exploring the lump on his underside which may be a hernia.”
Deborah is now appealing for information to find the person responsible for dumping the dog.
She added: “It appears this dog was well looked after as he was so friendly and loving but maybe the owner thought they would struggle to get him treatment for financial reasons.
“We would always ask people who are in this situation not to simply abandon their pet but contact either the RSPCA or one of the many other local animal charities who can help in such situations.
“I am appealing for anyone who knows who the dog belonged to or maybe saw something suspicious in the area to contact me.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018
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