“It was just heartbreaking” - dog dumped in Norwich put to sleep to avoid suffering

The terrier crossbreed dog was put to sleep after being found by the RSPCA. Picture: RSPCA

The terrier crossbreed dog was put to sleep after being found by the RSPCA. Picture: RSPCA - Credit: Archant

An elderly dog has been put to sleep after being dumped in a wooded area of Roundwell Park in Norwich.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the elderly male terrier crossbreed dog was found on Wednesday.

He was found collapsed on a pillow by a kind hearted member of the public who took him home and contacted the RSPCA.​​

The dog, an unneutered male was a black and white terrier cross and believed to have been around 14 years old.

He was collected by animal collection officer Paige Burnham who took him straight to a vet for treatment, but sadly following an examination it was discovered his stomach was full of masses and he was put to sleep to prevent him suffering further.

ACO Burnham, said: 'This poor dog was in such a terrible state it was just heart-breaking.

'He was in so much pain, he was found collapsed and was struggling to stand up and walk. He was also finding it hard to breath and had rotten teeth.

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'I rushed him straight a vet for treatment but when the fluid was drained from his abdomen it was revealed his stomach was just full of masses.

'It was clear this poor dog had been suffering and that he would have been in a terrible amount of discomfort. 'I just find it so upsetting that he was then just dumped and left to fend for himself.

'He wasn't microchipped and did not have a collar or a lead. I would however appeal to anyone who may recognise the description of him, or may know who the owner is.

'Anyone with information can call me in complete confidence on our inspector's appeal line on 0300 123 8018.'

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

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