The RSPCA is appealing for information regarding an emaciated, three-months-old pup who was found in Queens Drive, Liverpool, on 15 September.
The pup, now named Francis, was found by a passer-by and was in such poor condition that he was thought to be dead at first.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Matt Brown said, “Francis looked completely lifeless when he was found. When I went to collect him my first thought was that he was dead as he was in such a bad way. I took a photo of him for evidence and he looks lifeless in it. Thankfully, though, he was hanging on."
Too weak to stand or even to open his mouth, Francis was taken to a vet right away, where he was nourished through fluids and warmed up. It is thought possible he might have parvovirus, which is dangerous as it's contagious, but he's receiving the specialist vet care he needs.
“It is horrifying to think that someone somewhere thought it was OK to dump an innocent and defenceless animal in this way," Matt said. "We don’t know how long Francis was in this state for, but he was definitely found at the right time as if it had been any longer, there is a chance he would be dead."
Anyone with information about Francis and how he might have come to be so callously dumped can contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
Images by RSPCA.