Dumped dog looked like a skele­ton

Stockport Express - - Front Page - BY EMMA CURRY @[email protected] @em­malouise­curry

ADOG was dumped by the side of the road ‘look­ing like a skele­ton’ and ‘less than a day from death’.

RSPCA bosses are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion af­ter seven-year-old Amer­i­can bull­dog Os­car was tied up and aban­doned at a busy junc­tion in Chea­dle Hulme.

In­spec­tors said the an­i­mal weighed half what he should have when he was found off Ad­shaw Lane and Coun­cil­lor Lane.

The ‘gen­tle and friendly’ dog, whose orig­i­nal owner has been traced through his mi­crochip, weighed just 22.7 kilo­grammes, when he should have weighed 45.

Os­car was dis­cov­ered at 8am and taken to Wood­croft Ve­teri­nary Group on Coun­cil­lor Lane. He is now in the care of the RSPCA.

In­spec­tor Na­dine Pengilly said: “He’s so ema­ci­ated.

“In my 16 years as an RSPCA in­spec­tor, he’s the skin­ni­est dog I have seen that wasn’t dead. He was 12 to 24 hours away from death.

“He has used up all of his body fat and mus­cle – the next thing to have been used would have been his or­gans and that would have killed him.”

Os­car, who Na­dine said is ‘a lovely boy’ was placed on a drip for 24 hours.

He is now be­ing fed small amounts ev­ery hour to grad­u­ally in­crease his weight with­out mak­ing him sick.

“He’s so hun­gry that when you take the plate away he just looks at you so sadly,” Na­dine added.

She has traced Os­car’s orig­i­nal owner, who said they had re-homed him a year ago.

When Na­dine went to that per­son’s house, they claimed they had given him to an un­named man he met at a park.

But she said she is pos­i­tive about Os­car’s fu­ture. RSCPA bosses hope to find him a new home next year once he has gained enough weight. She is des­per­ate to bring the per­son who ne­glected him to jus­tice.

She said: “I would love to get them. Some­one’s been sat there watch­ing this hap­pen to him.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 0300 1238 018. Re­ports can be made anony­mously.

Os­car

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