A Staffordshire Bull Terrier with severe mange and an eye condition has been rescued after she was found wandering the streets of South Shields on Tuesday 2 August.
Zola was found by RSPCA inspector Helen Neade from the Rekendyke Industrial Estate with sore skin, fur loss and conjunctivitis. Inspectors are now searching for the owner of the six-year-old female brindle Staffie and urging anyone who knows what might have happened to her to come forward.
Insp Helen Nedley said, "Poor Zola was found wandering around the industrial estate with bad mange and an eye infection. She was in a bad way.
"We really need to know what happened to this poor girl and how she got to be in this place in such a poorly way.
"Zola has been bred from, possibly recently, so it may be that there are some Staffie puppies that people are aware of in relation to Zola.
"We would urge anyone with information about what happened to Zola or where she has come from to give us a call as soon as possible on the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018."
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