A STRAY dog who was found with a broken leg, open wounds and a pus filled eyeball in Bromsgrove has had to be put down.
The neglected springer spaniel was picked up by dog wardens from Worcestershire Regulatory Services before she was rushed to the vets.
The pooch had a broken right leg from an old injury which had also become infected and had large open wounds on it, from where she had chewed and licked it.
Her injuries had also left her unable to stand or put any weight on her leg so her bladder and stomach had become compacted and blocked.
During her check-up the vets found the spaniel’s left eyeball was also filled with pus, there was also a lot of pressure behind it. Her coat was dirty and matted as well.
After seeking the opinions of two vets officers decided she would be better off being put out of her misery.
Dog warden Pip Singleton said: “This is sickening and I cannot even imagine how much pain this girl has been in and for how long.
“It was traumatic for us as a team to deal with this poor creature.
“People can be so heartless and I believe these cruel owners couldn’t afford to pay the bills for her initial leg injury and left her to suffer.
“If they had contacted us earlier, we could have intervened and saved the dog’s life.”
She added despite a campaign launched by the county’s dog wardens which highlighted the plights of cruelty they had been coming across the number of strays seemed to be on the increase.
Pip said this was not only distressing for the animals but it also cost the council and taxpayers money.
Pip said they needed the public to help them stop acts of animal cruelty by giving them any information they had about pets wardens had picked up and publicised.
She added: “It may be the owners just need some help with financially and we can point them in the right direction to get help or that they can’t cope with their dog and we can find suitable charities for these dogs to go to instead of them continuing to be neglected and then dumped.
“We won’t judge, we just want to help.”
Anyone with any information on the springer spaniel should call 01905 822799.
Owners who are no longer able to care for or afford their pets are also being encouraged to ring this number.