Search for person who neglected ‘severely emaciated’ dog left tied to a tree

RSPCA officers are looking for the person who “neglected and starved” a dog who was so skinny when he was deserted in Bury his backbone and ribs have been seen.

The American bulldog cross, named Murphey by his rescuers, was “severely emaciated” and frightened when a member of the general public noticed him tied to a tree in Hurst Wooden, close to Clifton Nation Park in Radcliffe at round 7am on Saturday, April 3.

He was round 10kg lighter than he must be, so skinny that his backbone and ribs have been protruding, and he had stress sores on his hips and ankles with a rash throughout his physique. Consultants suppose he obtained the sores from being squashed in a tiny cage the place he did not have any house to transfer.

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Murphy has been receiving care from the RSPCA Preston and District department since being rescued, having physio to assist get him transferring and construct up a good physique and beginning to put weight on, gaining 1.5kg in two weeks. As soon as his well being has stabilised, the RSPCA will begin looking for a new house prepared to absorb Murphy.

Mark Allen, supervisor on the department caring for Murphy, stated: “Murphy weighed just 16.6kg (around 2st 9lb) when he arrived, around 10kg under the weight he should be for a dog of this breed. He’s now on a special diet to help him gain weight, which he’s doing, however this is going to be a long process as the physio will be to build him up. Once he’s recovered from his ordeal we’ll find him a new home.

Murphy was so skinny his ribs have been displaying

“He’s a lovely young dog, aged between one and two, who’s been severely neglected in his short life. We suspect he’s been kept squashed in a small cage where he didn’t have the space to move or turn around because of the nature and locations of the sores.”

The RSPCA are investigating how Murphy got here to be in such an “awful condition”, and are eager to hear from anybody with dashcam footage from round Clifton Nation Park on the morning of April 3. Anybody who may recognise Murphy from the time he spent along with his homeowners can be urged to get in contact.

Murphy is beginning to get well at an RSPCA centre in Preston

Inspector Jess Araujo stated: “I’m keen to trace the person who neglected and starved poor Murphy before tying him to a tree and simply walking away. It’s heartbreaking that there are irresponsible people who simply don’t care for their pets and dump them like rubbish when they no longer want them.

“I am interesting for anybody with any data on who owned Murphy to get in contact as he is a distinctive wanting dog and I really feel somebody should know one thing. I additionally would really like motorists within the space on the time to test their sprint cam footage and for any residents close by to additionally test their CCTV as I really feel the proprietor lived pretty shut to the place Murphy was dumped and knew the world.”

Anybody with details about Murphy has been requested to name the RSPCA enchantment line on 0300 123 8018.

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