A dog whose fur was so matted that his front leg was fused to his ear, is on the road to recovery after receiving the help he desperately needed.
Soldier, named by staff at Dogs Trust Leeds, was carried into the centre a month ago and was immediately rushed to the vet to have his filthy matted fur shaved off.
Amanda Sands, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, says, "It is the worst case of neglect I have had the misfortune of seeing in my 30 years of working here. He was unrecognisable as a dog or living being. It was so distressing; he must have been in considerable pain. Nothing prepares you for seeing something like this."
The Lhasa Apso, believed to be around six years of age, was found unable to walk on the streets of Leeds. Following a three-day stay at the vets, Soldier was fostered by one of Dogs Trust's foster carers.
Amanda continues, "We didn’t know if he’d pull through but he really is a little fighter! He started to gain strength quite quickly so once he was well enough to leave the vets we thought the best place for him was in a home with one of our experienced foster carers. With lots of love and continuing treatment he has come on leaps and bounds.
"His eyesight has been damaged but is improving and he is of course a lot happier now, not least because he can walk after the removal of his fur which had fused his ear and leg together.
"Understandably he can be a little anxious and at the moment is scared of doors being shut and being in a room on his own, which indicates what has happened to him previously which is very sad, but other than that he is doing really well and deserves to find a wonderful home."
Soldier is looking for a quiet adult only home with patient owners who will help him enjoy everything the world has to offer.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said, "Our inspectors followed up several lines of enquiry and are still appealing for anyone with information about where little Soldier came from to get in touch by calling us on 0300 123 8018."
If you think you could give Soldier the loving home he deserves, please call the centre on 0300 303 0292.