An urgent appeal has been issued by the RSPCA after an injured dog was found in Barnsley - severely matted and suffering from a large open wound on its neck.
The young, cream-coloured female dog was cowering under a car when she was spotted by a member of the public on Bradberry Balk Lane, Wombwell, Barnsley, on February 18.
The local dog warden was called out to the ‘cockapoo’ type dog as a stray, but contacted the RSCPA when they saw the state of the animal’s wounds.
RSPCA inspector Keira Benham said: “I met the dog warden at the vets and was shocked by what I saw. We deal with some awful cases in this job but the state of this poor girl really upset me me.
“She was badly matted with a very nasty open wound on her neck, which was obviously causing her pain, possibly as a result of a tether. Despite all this though she was still really friendly.
“She underwent surgery on Thursday, she’s been clipped and the wound stitched up, and it went well so I’m hopeful she’ll make a full recovery but of course we’ll have to see how she gets on.”
The owner cannot be tracked because the dog wasn’t microchipped or wearing a collar or ID tag.
Mr Benham added: “I want to hear from anyone who recognises this dog and can tell me who her owner is.
“Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA’s inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”