A male, brindle Staffie-type dog was found in Warley Woods, in Smethwick, near Birmingham, on 8 September. The dog, who has since been named Abe and is thought to be about three years old, was emaciated and tied to a tree next to a bucket of water.
RSPCA inspector Mike Scargill said, “The man who found Abe sensibly took him to a vet, who found he was severely emaciated and with pressure sores on his paws. The vet said Abe had been subjected to chronic neglect, leaving him in a terrible condition."
Despite the neglect, he said that Abe turned out to be a very friendly dog and is quickly making friends with the staff at the RSPCA centre. While not yet eligible for rehoming, it is hoped he'll soon be ready to go to a loving new home.
“It is so sad that someone led Abe to a spot within the woods, tied him to a tree, plonked a bucket of water next to him then just walked away. This would have left Abe very distressed," Mike added. "We don’t know for sure how long he was left there for. At the end of the day, there is absolutely no excuse as to why someone should callously abandon an animal like this."
As Abe was not microchipped, the RSPCA is appealing for anyone who might know anything about Abe to come forward. Anyone with information should call 0300 123 8018 in complete confidence, and leave a message for Inspector Mike Scargill.
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