THE RSPCA are appealing to find the owners of a dog found dumped by the side of a road, and later died, after being attacked by another dog.
The dog, a female English Bulldog, had suffered multiple deep cuts to its neck and spine, and a deep wound to its left elbow - which according to vets looks as though it was caused by another large dog.
It was found badly injured in a dog basket at the side of a road in Beeford on Saturday, at around 11am, and was taken to Garth Veterinary Practice in the village, before later being transported to Priory Vets in Bridlington where it had to be put down.
Now RSPCA inspector Geoff Edmond is hoping to track down the dog’s owners.
“We would like to know who the dogs owners are, so we can try to piece together how it came to be found in Beeford and let them know what has happened to the dog, if needs be.
“We would also like to know how the dog came by its injuries, as it appears that they were caused by another, large dog. I encourage anyone who knows anything about what happened to get in touch with the RSPCA. Also, we would like to speak to the person who brought the dog into the vets about exactly where the dog was found.”
Ricardo Silva, assistant vet at the Beeford practice, said that he had “never seen such bad injuries” on a dog.
He said: “It was almost 11am when the dog was brought in by a member of the public, who had discovered it by the side of the road.
“I have never seen such bad injuries on a dog, it looks like it was attacked by another large dog as it had very bad wounds to its neck and down its spine, as well as a deep wound to its left elbow.”
After being assessed by Mr Silva, the dog - which is believed to be between four and six years old - was taken to the Priory Vets surgery on Market Place where it later had to be put down.
Michelle Moore, head nurse practice manager at the Bridlington surgery, said: “We are trying to get hold of the person who owns the dog.
“It had horrific injuries to its neck and back, and its left elbow was bitten almost all the way through. Unfortunately after we carried out an examination, the poor dog had to be put to sleep.”
There was no evidence, according to vets, that the English Bulldog had been involved in fights previously.
“There were no historic scars or cuts that might show the dog had been involved in fights before it was attacked. It showed no aggression at all to our staff. Its teeth were ground down quite badly so it was difficult to tell its age but we would say it was between four and six years old,” continued Michelle.
“The dog was very overweight, and that fact may have initially saved its life when it was attacked.
“We do not know why it was left in Beeford - it may have been the fact that whoever dumped the dog in its basket knew there was a veterinary practice nearby.”
Anyone with information about the dog, or the attack, can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.