A dog so matted the hair over her eyes had left her blind and in agonising pain before she was dumped outside a Sheffield veterinary surgery has been saved by vets.
The RSPCA is appealing for information about the female elderly emaciated poodle-type who was completely matted, had rotten teeth and was extremely sick and skinny.
She was found by staff at Highfield Veterinary Centre on London Road at around 8am on the morning of Monday April 28 – and it is thought she had been dumped some time after 12pm on the Sunday.
When the nurses at the centre arrived they found a box outside with the words ‘dog inside’.
Vets say it was clear the dog had been in a bad condition for a while and the hair over her eyes was so matted both eyes had ulcerated causing blindness.
Vet Molly Graham was so upset by what had happened to the dog she has been fostering her the last few days.
The dog has now been named Princess Peggy and Highfield has taken on the veterinary care of her and given her antibiotics and pain relief and she has had both eyes now removed.
Vets also had to remove 32 rotten teeth – she has also been given a bath and groom.
But despite her terrible ordeal Princess Peggy is now making a great recovery, and despite her elder years she is doing very well – thanks to the staff at the centre.
Molly said: “She is such a sweetie and all the staff were so upset by what has happened to her – but she is doing amazingly well despite her ordeal.”
The incident has been reported to the RSPCA and inspector Jennie Ronksley is now looking into it.
She said: “It is horrific to think this poor elderly girl has been left in such a terrible condition and she must have been in so much pain.
“There is simply no excuse for allowing an animal to get in this way and I am now appealing to anyone who has any information regarding who the owner may be.
“The dog is a Lhaso apso cross-breed and is between eight and 13 years old.”
n Call Insp Ronksley on 0300 123 8018.