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An investigation has been launched after an emaciated dog was left for dead on a road near Lichfield.
The female black lurcher – nicknamed Bambi – had to be put to sleep after being discovered on the B5014 by Elmhurst Water Spring on Friday (April 27).
Vets contacts the RSPCA due to the emaciated condition of the animal.
Inspector Kate Levesley said: “Bambi is so skinny and has clearly been losing weight for some considerable time.
“She has no microchip and was not wearing a collar or ID tag so we have no idea where she has come from or what her background is.
“She was in a really bad way and it was touch and go for her but, sadly, staff later found that as well as being extremely weak and poorly, she also had a serious neurological problem and vets made the difficult decision to put her to sleep to end her suffering.”
An investigation has now been launched to find out who is responsible for the dog being found in such a poor condition.
“I’m appealing to anyone who recognises her or may have information about where she’s come from to get in touch with us by contacting our appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leaving me a message,” Inspector Levesley added.
“It’s unacceptable to allow your dog to get into this state and I’d like to speak to her owners to establish exactly why she’s in such poor condition.
“If people have concerns about the health of their animal they should contact a vet, the RSPCA or another charity for help, and should never let it get to this stage of suffering.”