Who left this dog to starve?
A DOG found in Penrith had been so badly mistreated that it was the thinnest an officer with the RSPCA had seen alive.
The dog, believed to be a Staffordshire boxer cross-type, was found by a member of the public at Inglewood Road on 24th July.
It was clearly emaciated and was taken to vets Frame, Swift and Partners for treatment. Tests showed the dog had some skin issues and mild lacerations.
However, there were no diseases present, so it was concluded the animal could have only got into such state through starvation.
The dog, named Ruby by the kennels it was taken to, weighed only 17.3kg. RSPCA officer Chris Towler said Ruby had gained four kilos in the weeks since the rescue.
Mr. Towler, who has been in his role for 32 years, said: “This is one of the worst cases (I have seen) while an animal is still alive. The next stage, who knows, maybe a week possibly less, we might have been dealing with a dead dog.”
It is believed that the animal, which did not have a microchip or collar, suffered at the hands of her owner over a number of months.
Ruby has been placed with a foster family and will be put up for adoption in time.
“From a welfare point of view, the dog is now on the up. That’s a good thing for it, but it would be fitting to conclude the matter with the suitable process against the owners who perpetrated this sickening act,” said Mr. Towler
Anyone who can identify the former owner of Ruby should contact the RSPCA 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234999.