CHICO the dog is in need of a new home after undergoing surgery for ‘multiple stab wounds’ and an ‘incredibly painful’ eye condition.
The eight-year-old pet of previous owner Scott Campbell was signed over to the care of the RSPCA on March 17, the day after being found injured, and is still waiting for a family to take him home.
Matt Bell, chief inspector of the RSPCA South and West Yorkshire branch, said Chico is now fully recovered after undergoing surgery to his face and eye.
“He was treated for multiple stab wounds to his face and the side of his head,” Chf Insp Bell said.
“The dog was very underweight.
“The body condition system that the vet used has a rating from one to five, where three is normal, five would be obese, two lean and one emaciated.
“He was at 1.5 - so that is very thin and very malnourished.”
Chico also had entropia - a medical condition where the eyelid folds inward and the eyelashes rub against the cornea.
“Entropia is an incredibly painful condition and Chico would have had that from all its life as a puppy.
“The ulcerative cornea will have been a recurrent problem. Mr Orsborne said it had been about 10 days that the ulcer would have been present.
“That would have been excruciatingly painful, and it is likely Chico had been suffering on an ongoing basis.”
Hopefully there are happier times ahead for Chico.
He is seeking a new Sheffield family to take him home from the RSPCA centre in Attercliffe.
Chf Insp Bell added: “Chico is now doing really, really well. He’s a really sweet tempered dog. But there has not been a great deal of interest in rehoming him - I think his age has worked against him, which is a shame.”
Call the RSPCA centre on 0114 289 8050 or visit www.rspcasheffield.org