Appeal for information on dog found with tumours and ‘hideous’ open wound [WARNING: upsetting images]

the wounded dog

The RSPCA are appealing for information after having to euthanase a dog which was handed into the animal centre riddled with tumours and suffering with a horrendous open wound on her tail.

An adult female Boxer cross was dropped off at RSPCA Lancashire East Branch, in Accrington, on 6 July, by two men who said they’d found her abandoned. She had tumours in her mouth and a ‘hideous’ open wound at the base of her tail which had been left untreated.

RSPCA officers are now appealing for information in order to find out what happened to her. Investigating officer Demi Hodby said, “This poor girl had an absolutely hideous open wound on the base of her tail. Vets suspect it had been a tumour that had ulcerated before bursting and getting infected – it had obviously been this way, untreated, for some time.

“She also had a number of tumours in her mouth. She must have been in so much pain. Unfortunately, vets determined that there was nothing they could do to help her and made the heartbreaking decision to put her to sleep.”

Staff believe the white dog was an older female. She arrived wearing a leather and metal harness but was wearing no identification and wasn’t microchipped. Officers are now investigating how she got the wounds and why they were left untreated for so long – but will need help from the public in doing so.

The dog had to be put to sleep

Demi added,“I’m appealing to the public to contact us if they recognise this dog or if they know someone who owned a similar dog in the local area. I’d also like to hear from anyone who saw a dog matching her description with a wound like this – it was so huge and horrible that it would be impossible to miss.

“Anyone who may be able to assist with our enquiries should call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”


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