Appeal to find owner after abandoned dog found in Keynsham has to be put down

Published on: 02 Apr 2016

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April 2016

The RSPCA is appealing for information to identify the owner of a dog so severely neglected it had to be put down after it was discovered in a Keynsham park.

The white Staffordshire bull terrier was found hiding under a bush in Downfield Park by a passer-by on March 16, who alerted Bath and North East Somerset Council’s dog warden.

The five-year-old dog was unable to use his back legs, had a serious skin condition and his nails were severely overgrown.

Despite being rushed to the vet at the RSPCA’s clinic in Bristol, the dog’s condition was so poor that staff had to take the decision to put him down to end his suffering.

Inspector Daniel Hatfield said: “This dog was in a very sorry state. He couldn’t use his back legs at all so his back end was collapsed.

“His skin was red and sore, and his nails were so long they were curling back on themselves.

“I suspect, as the dog wasn’t even able to stand, that he was dumped in the park and hadn’t made his own way there. I do not understand how anybody could leave any animal in this state.”

An RSPCA spokesperson added: “Tragically, the RSPCA is often called to animals who are in very poor physical condition and are suffering greatly. In some cases – like this one – they can be beyond help and extremely difficult decisions have to be made.

“The decision to put a dog to sleep is always the very last resort and always made with vet advice and due to severe medical problems.

“This poor abandoned dog was found in an appalling state and had lost all use of his back legs meaning he could not stand up or walk.

“The RSPCA does not pick and choose the animals we rescue – we take on the most abused and neglected ones, like this dog, and because of that, we often have to make the very difficult decision that no one else wants to make.”

The dog was not microchipped so the animal charity and dog warden are now making inquiries to establish who his owners were.

“I am looking for anybody who may recognise this dog or might know where he has come from,” Inspector Hatfield said. “I would like to hear from anyone who may have information which could help us find the person responsible for leaving this poor dog to suffer.

“The RSPCA is always here to help and I would rather somebody phones us for help or advice than leave an animal to suffer.”

Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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