The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead dog was found in a Barton-under-Needwood field.
The animal was found dumped over a fence on a single track road on Scotch Hills Lane today (November 11).
The RSPCA said it could not tell if the dog was dead or alive when it was left in the field.
Inspector Nicola Johnson said: “This is a very distressing situation.
“This dog was clearly very unloved and uncared for – his nails were so overgrown they were cutting into the pads on his feet and his fur was matted – let alone his thin and emaciated state.
“It’s unbearable to think of this poor dog’s suffering, I would urgently ask anyone who recognises this dog or knows how he came to be dumped to ring me in confidence on 0300 123 8018 so we can try to find out what happened to him.”
The animal is a black and white terrier sized dog, although the breed cannot be determined due to the matted state of the fur and poor body condition. Vets think it is an adult dog aged over seven.