WARNING Distressing images: RSPCA appeal after dying dog found dumped in Sheffield lay-by with brick on his head
The RSPCA is investigating after an emaciated and matted dying dog was found dumped in a Sheffield layby with a brick placed on his head.
The poor creature was in such a poor condition the RSPCA rescuer thought he was dead when she arrived at the scene.
The collapsed Shih-tzu or Lhasa type dog was found by a lorry driver in a layby near The Cow and Calf pub in Skew Hill Lane, Grenoside, at about 8.30am on Wednesday morning.
The driver reported the matter to the RSPCA and told how the dog was still breathing but was crying out and was found with a brick on its head which he removed.
His colleagues comforted the dog until animal rescuer officer Katie Hetherington arrived at the scene.
She could see the dog was in a neglected state and was emaciated, with his fur so badly matted it was difficult to tell what breed he was.
Katie rushed him to a nearby vet for emergency treatment where his body temperature was found to be very low and it is thought he had been left in the ditch overnight.
Staff at the vets battled for six hours to save him but sadly his organs were shutting down and he was having seizures and the vet decided the kindest thing to do was to put him to sleep.
The dog, aged about eight, was not microchipped and Katie is now appealing for information from the public to find out who owned him.
She said: “It was heart-breaking that someone could allow a dog to get into this neglected state and then to dump it and leave it to die alone and in the dark and cold is callous beyond belief.
“This dog had been neglected to such a level he was left dying and terrified. He was so weak and not moving that when I arrived at the scene I thought he was already dead.
“Then as I carried him into my van he seemed lifeless but managed to lift his head up slightly to cry out for a good few minutes it was very upsetting.”
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.