A witness appeal has been launched in a bid to trace heartless owners who left a dog to die.
Animal welfare workers at the RSPCA issued a plea to members of the public for information to find out what happened to a young, white Staffordshire bull terrier cross breed.
She was discovered in the Thornton Road area of Rotherham underweight and with puncture wounds all over her body. Her injuries were so severe she had to be put to sleep.
Inspector Lynsey Harris said: “It appears this poor dog was dumped. She had infected puncture wounds under her throat area, and they were oozing pus. This poor dog also had a broken paw.”
The vet who examined the dog, who was wearing a red collar, said her injuries were consistent with a fight with another dog - sparking concern she could have been used as bait for fighting.
Anyone with information can contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.